21st January 2021
We started our week with the celebration of the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat. Our pupils enjoyed a wide variety of fruits and we completed some Tu B'shavat activities.
The Wonderdome mobile planetarium came to Clore Shalom on Wednesday. All classes had a show inside the dome to learn about our solar system and the wonders of space. The dome created a unique environment to do this in. They found out all about the different planets in the solar system and our incredible Earth. Our visitors were so impressed with the level of questioning from our children (and staff!) and we are all getting used to the idea that the sun will explode in 5 billion years!
I have had the pleasure of helping Year 5 make Challah today as part of their Shabbaton. They have also made their own candles, design aprons and after school will be having a special quiz. Although we haven't been able to have our normal residential, they are still having a very special day together (even our isolating children have been able to 'zoom' in)
Well done to the following children who joined me for celebration tea party this morning, where it was my turn to provide the treats, today it was chocolate fudge brownies!
Year 2- Rafael
and lastly, a short reflection...this week has been a very busy week for me as I have been in the privileged position to have visited some other schools through my other role as a school improvement partner. Being away from Clore, allows me time to reflect on our special school, on how amazing our staff are and what ways we can make our school even better. It also has made me realise, this week, how very lucky I am to be able to be in a position to be able to do this. Thank you to my senior leadership team for ensuring our school runs brilliantly whether or not I am in the building.
Welcome back to 2022!
We had a fantastic start to the term, last week, with a focus on RE and learning about Christianity. Our pupils told us that they love learning about different religions and shared with me some similarities and differences between Christianity and Judaism.
This week we have all settled back to learning and there have been some great learning experiences I have seen around the school. Reception pupils found some huge footprints made from the giant, from the traditional tale ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’. The giant got in to school and stole the ‘magic bubble’, he even set the alarm off in the early hours on Thursday! Year 6 have been exploring the effect on germs and in Science carried out experiments on washing and not washing your hands and used different slices of bread to test out their theories.
Today the following children joined me for Celebration tea party:
Rec - Olivia
Y1 - Matan
Y2 - Jessica
Y3 - Raphael
Y4 - Max
Y5 - Anna
Y6 - Ilana Ford
Thank you to Mrs Jacobs for providing a delicious chocolate fudge cake as our tea party treat.
We seem to be banking many blue tokens at Tescos for our outdoor learning project, thank you to all of you who have spread the word! These are the Tesco stores that have nominated our school for the charity fund:
Bushey Heath Express, WD23 1EL Leavesden Watford Express, WD5 0BT South Oxhey Express, WD19 6EG Shenley Express, WD7 9AA Watford Extra, WD17 2BD Watling Radlet Exp WD7 7LA Express Watford Express, WD25 0EL Harcourt Rd Bushy Express, WD23 3PP Watford Wipendell Express, WD18 7NB Watford St Albn Express, WD24 4AU Watford 114 Hi St Express, WD17 2BJ Watford Langley Express, WD17 4BU
The Really Jewish Food Guide 2022 has been published and is being delivered to the Jewish shops next week.
The distributor in London is Torah Treasures, Tel: 020 8458 8289. They take credit card orders over the phone and can mail out the guide. Our distributor in the North, including Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and Gateshead, is Judaica World, Tel: 0161 773 4956.
It is with great delight that children in years 2,3,4,5 & 6 will now have the opportunity from Spring Term 2022 to learn recorder, flute clarinet or saxophone with Stewart Curtis, a professional musician and experienced music teacher. Children in years 2 & 3 will be able to have recorder lessons only.
Tuition costs are £15.50 for 20 minutes or £22.50 for 30 minutes. These are individual lessons.
For further information please contact Stewart Curtis on 07976 558564 or via email; stewcurtis@ntlworld.
Lastly please read our updated Covid guidance letter below. We still have a high number of Covid cases amongst our pupils and staff and we are continuing to carefully manage the spread of the virus.
Below you will find the Spring term HfL online safety newsletter for parents and carers. I would encourage you to take 5 minutes to have a read as it shares some really useful information supporting you in keeping your children safe online.
Wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend, Shabbat Shalom.
17th December 2021
As we come to the end of the Autumn term, it has certainly been a mixed bag with highs and lows throughout. We started the term with very short weeks due to the Chagim and although it was lovely to have family time and celebrate the Jewish festivals, this was a challenging time in school to re-establish routines and expectations for many of our children after the last couple of disrupted years of schooling.
We all loved the launch of ‘The Studio’ and the opportunities having a dedicated space has given us to enhance Art and Design Technology and improve our teaching and learning in this area of the curriculum. We have enjoyed exploring these subjects creatively with fun and enjoyment. As you have seen by my previous blogs, the standard of Art has increased along with pupils and staff confidence in this area. Our next fundraiser for this area is to purchase a purpose built woodwork bench to use in our Design and Technology lessons.
Some of our classes have enjoyed workshops to help bring History topics to life such as Stone age and Ancient Mayan workshops.
It is clear from talking to our pupils with their books there is so much learning happening. We have really focussed hard, this term in making sure that all the skills we learn in our English lessons are being applied across the curriculum in our other books, and this focus is really helping us to improve standards in all areas of the curriculum.
We have been working on developing other areas of our curriculum and alongside our work on Art and DT, we also have identified a way to excite our pupils about Science, Maths and Computing and that is through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) approach. More details to follow over the coming year.
We are also exploring ways in which we can make good use of our outdoor area and pond so that we can use this valuable resource to enhance areas of curriculum.
As you can see, despite the challenges that Covid has brought this half term, we continue to drive forward and improve our school by always evaluating what we do and identifying how we can make our school even better and the learning exciting, relevant and meaningful for all our pupils. If any parents have any links within the STEM or outdoor environment and can help us with these areas, we would love to hear from you.
We have also had a focus on Early Reading this term, and thanks to you and the PTA have been able to fully resource a new set of reading books that link explicitly to our phonics programme.
I have been particularly proud of the charity work we have done this term, supporting the Camp Simcha present drive, the Borehamwood foodbank and welcoming refugee children to come and play football with us.
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our prospective parents events this term, if you or you know anyone that would like information about applying to Clore Shalom for 2022/23 or would like to be included in our prospective events at the beginning of January, please contact the office.
We are excited to tell you that we’re in the customer vote for a Tesco Community Grant. It’s a scheme which gives community projects like ours grants of up to £1,500. Tesco customers will now vote in Radlett, Shenley, Watford stores during January to decide how much funding we get, so please support us next time you shop at Tesco!
Well done to those children who have joined me for tea party today:
Rec - Sasha
Y1 - Talia J
Y2 - Sam
Y3 - James
Y4 - Charlie
Y5 - Sonny
Y6 - Freya
We had delicious treats from Mrs Scott, thank you.
Lastly a massive thank you to all our Clore community, thank you to our parents for the help, volunteering and support they give us, to our wonderful and committed staff who always (especially this week) show such care and thought for one another and our children, and to our fantastic children who have worked so hard this term and (mostly) always show CHESED (loving kindness) to others.
Wishing you all a wonderful winter break and Shabbat Shalom.
We break up on Tuesday 21st December at 1.30pm and 1.45pm and look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Wednesday 5th January at the usual time.
10th December 2021
We really enjoyed being on ABCDoes instagram page on Tuesday (see below) we shared our EYFS practice and got some great feedback from other colleagues around the country. We are so proud of the way our children engage with high level learning activities every day and it was lovely to share the work of our Reception staff team and children.
This week, we have muddled through with a large number of staff absence due to Covid issues. Thank you as ever to the most amazing staff team who, as usual, have been flexible in covering classes and duties that they have done. Our staff are one of our biggest strength of our school and I appreciate every one of them.
Congratulations to the following children who joined me for tea party today. Thank you to Mrs Gee for the most delicious cupcakes!
Rec - Joel
Y1 - Noah H
Y2 - Sophia S
Y3 - Leo
Y4 - Nate
Y5 - Sloane S
Y6 - Kitty
3rd December 2021
It certainly has felt cold enough to be December, especially in school with the windows and doors open to allow ventilation to limit the spread of Covid infections!
Despite our return to remote assemblies we have enjoyed our Chanukah celebrations this week. Each day a different class has prepared a Chanukah song to share with us over Zoom. Well done to every class, you all performed brilliantly and thank you to the staff who supported the children with this.
We have also lit our special Chanukiah this week and enjoyed seeing the number of candles increase each day. We did have some drama yesterday, when the candles were lit, the heat from the flame caused the fire alarm to go off and the fire brigade joined us at school! Thankfully the fire fighters were pleased that it was a false alarm.
We have also been joined remotely from the Maccabi Scouts, from Israel, who facilitated Chanukah activities over Zoom for our children to enjoy. Thank you to them for the work that was involved in the activities and adding some ‘Israeli’ life to Clore Shalom.
Year 5 have got in to the festive spirit and decorated their door!
Year 1 made their own Chanukiot out of clay in the studio.
This week I have seen some amazing Art from pupils in Year 6. They have worked hard to produce these incredible sketched drawings, developing shading and adding dimensions to their drawings.
Today we have all enjoyed doughnuts and ended the week with a final Kabbalat Shabbat assembly with Rabbi Debbie at EHRS. Year 6 shared with us their rendition of 'Judah Maccabee'.
Well done to these pupils who joined me to celebrate their achievements this week:
Rec - Frankie G
Y1 - Anabelle
Y2 - Lily
Y3 - Jayden
Y4 - Aiden
Y5 - Kara
Y6 - Rafi
Lastly, I am pleased to welcome Rockel Thompson, to Clore Shalom. Rockel is a student Educational Mental Health Support Practitioner, who will work with some of our children and their families to support them with low intensity therapy to work on fears, anxieties and self-esteem. She is from a new service across Hertfordshire, who are training professionals with a view to them staying in schools once they have qualified. As she progresses with her training, she will be able to expand her offer and we hope very much that she will be able to stay with us next year once she has qualified too. If you have a concern about your child's wellbeing in any of these areas, please speak to your child's class teacher or to Mrs Lax.
Wishing you an enjoyable last few days of Chanukah and a restful weekend.
26th November 2021
This week has seen an increase in Covid cases, which has meant we have had to increase our measures accordingly. Despite this, we have tried hard to continue to continue with school life, as normal as possible for our children. Thank you so much to all our staff who have adapted and have been as flexible as ever, always going above and beyond their normal duties!
Please do not send in your child if they are unwell and that if your child is unwell, with whatever symptoms, they have a PCR test, and they do not return to school until the test is shown to be negative. Please see email sent today for further adaptations to our school.
Thank you to all those parents that have joined us for parents evening over the last two weeks. We hope you found the consultations useful.
It has been an absolute pleasure to walk down the corridors and listen to all our classes practise singing their Chanukah songs for us to enjoy next week. We are certainly getting in the festive spirit! This morning Rabbi Mark, form EHRS taught us Makaton signing to 'Spin my dreidl' in our Kabbalat Shabbat-back-to-zoom-assembly!
We were able to present Borehamwood food bank with plenty of supplies to help those in need. The school council identified this charity as one they wanted to support and collect food for, so well done to them for arranging this great initiative.
We also enjoyed hosting refugee children this week who played football with our children. This was part of Mitzvah day and we have definitely made some new friends! I just want to say a big thank you to our children who made our visitors feel so welcome. A friendly game of football was had by all.
It was lovely to welcome the following children to tea party this week and we enjoyed Mrs Garfen's amazing cake treats!
Reception - Freddie F
Y1 - Bella
Y2 - Johnny
Y3 - Ralph
Y4 - Dylan
Y5 - Louis B
Y6 - Louis J
I hope you have a wonderful start to Chanukah on Sunday night and a lovely weekend,
19th November 2021
I was delighted that so many families were able to join me last Sunday at the Shenley community Remembrance Day ceremony. I was so proud of our Year 6 pupils who performed a poem in front of so many people. Thank you to those families that came and supported such a worthwhile event.
This week we have joined in with the National Anti-Bullying week. On Monday we all came to school wearing odd socks and heard the story Shine, in assembly. Each class teacher has planned an activity for their class that promotes kindness or friendship.
We were delighted to hear that Bertie's song ‘No More’ has reached number 1 in the itunes chart this week!
This morning we recorded our version to be part of the ‘Sing Out Against Bullying’ project. It was incredibly moving to see and hear the whole school singing the school and we are so proud of Bertie and showing his thoughtfulness for others in writing the song.
On Wednesday, our Year 6 Netball team represented the school in their first tournament. They really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about competing.
Well done to Nola, Ava, Evie, Kitty, Ilana, Ruby, Issy and Freya.
Congratulations to those children that joined me for my celebration tea party today:
Rec - Corey
Y1 - Flora
Y2 - Samuel
Y3 - Lily
Y4 - Mia
Y5 - Orli
Y6 - Ethan
Thank you for the delicious cookies and cakes baked by Mrs Drew.
Thank you so much to all our families who have bought in presents for the Camp Simcha toy drive and food for the Borehamwood food bank as part of our contribution for Mitzvah Day.
If anyone would like to join the Myisrael campaign please see the following:
Myisrael is a wonderful charity that work to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Israel. This Chanukah you can help by buying a gift on behalf of your family. There is a list of eight gifts ranging from medical supplies for homeless people to a heater for a family in need. Please visit https://mychanukahgift.myshopify.com/ and chose a gift.
Next week we are so excited to welcome some refugee children from Afghanistan to our school on Monday and Wednesday. They will meet some of our children, have some time to play with them and will then join in with after school football club. This is part of our extended Mitzvah Day activities and a way to teach the chidren more about inclusivity and different communities.
Wishing you a restful weekend and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
It has been an eventful week here at Clore Shalom. As usual, we have been very busy. It has been so wonderful to see lots of great work in books this week. Teachers have planned some amazing things to capture pupils’ excitement about their learning. Year 3 team organised a Stone Age workshop and all the children (and the teachers!) loved the opportunity to get dressed as people from the Stone Age! Jonah said "The day was so much fun and we didn’t just learn about the Stone Age, we learnt about how our brains work too”. Year 4 have had the opportunity to be Historians and investigate interesting artefacts that they may find in a museum. Year 2 have completed some amazing writing, writing explanations texts about healthy eating and exercise and they have even learnt how to say the alphabet in sign language.
Year 4 have had the opportunity to be Historians and investigate interesting artefacts that they may find in a museum. Year 2 have completed some amazing writing, writing explanations texts about healthy eating and exercise and they have even learnt how to say the alphabet in sign language.
After school, on Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting a staff meeting for many of the local schools. Our teachers were so pleased to have the opportunity to be able to learn from others and share their good practise too.
On Thursday we held two minutes to remember and pay our respects to our armed forces, past and present. We are looking forward to meeting up with Clore families on Sunday at 10.45am in Shenley to lay our wreath and participate in the Remembrance Day Ceremony, with the rest of the community. Our Year 6 class have written a beautiful poem to share in the ceremony and I look forward to hearing it on Sunday.
We have all been learning Bertie’s Anti-Bullying song that he wrote and we are looking forward to recording it next week to send to the charity Sing Out Against Bullying.
Today in Kabbalat Shabbat Year 5 shared their rap they have written in their English lessons and also sang the beautiful hebrew song that our Shinshin(Israeli Youthworker), Noa, has taught them.
Year 1 earned a fantastic pyjama day today as they had collected lots of points for great work and good behaviour (at least they don't need to get changed for bed this evening!)
This week I was joined by the following children for my Celebration tea party. Well done to:
Rec - Freddie Bookatz
Y1 - Lyla Molyneux
Y2 -Jesse Haik
Y3 - Guy Vega
Y4 - Anaelle Moore-Peul
Y5 - Rupert McEvoy
Y6 - Ruby Mallett
Next week we are having an Anti-Bullying week. On Monday we are coming to school in odd socks, to remind each other that each one of us is unique and special.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
5th November 2021
Welcome back to the second half of Autumn term. We have certainly started off with a busy week. Mrs Martin delivered an assembly on Monday all about being Proud. We are using our assemblies to re-visit our school values and it was so lovely to hear about what makes us all proud.
On Tuesday, we welcomed Anthea Jackson, Executive director of Jewish Child's Day to join us to see how their donation has helped enhance our playground. Anthea said " It was so great to see our support making such an impact- what a fabulous school!" The School Council joined Mrs Martin and Mrs Weir for this special event.
This week we were pleased to send our Year 3 and Year 4 footballers to their first Maccabi Competition. In the first round they lost 2-1. second round lost 2-0. third round drew 2-2, fourth round lost 2-1. Despite this, the team played brilliantly together.
Well done to Cooper, Adam, Jayden, Taylor, Leo H, Aiden, Jack, Mason, Dylan, Jakey, Jonah, Zak and Millie. We are all so proud of you.
Last night the PTA held a Psychic fair, we are so grateful that they raised over £1000 for our school. Thank you to those that showed their support for this event.
Well done to our House Point Champions who were presented with their certificate today in assembly: Orli, Issy, Taylor, Leo H, Charlie, Lily and Amelia.
Our Year 6 T'fillah leaders also presented their own certificates to those children who had been participating in our morning prayers. Year 6, you are becoming such great leaders of our school!
We are all learning the song so we can take part in Sing Out Against Bullying during Anti-Bullying Week 15th-19th November.
Lastly well done to my tea party attendees who joined me today for delicious treats baked by Mrs Goldsmith
If you are going to a fireworks display this weekend, please be careful and stay safe.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Friday 22nd October 2021
We have made it to the half term and although it has been incredibly busy, it is has been a strange one with broken weeks and many of the Jewish festivals. Our pupils have continued to work so hard and we are getting back to where we are all meant to be! Our staff have continued to provide exceptional learning experiences for their classes.
I am continually struck by how lucky I am to work with such a dedicated staff team who all have our pupils learning needs and emotional needs at the core of what they provide, whilst always checking in on each other. A massive thank you to you all. As Simon Sinek says:
Our studio has really taken off and all of our pupils describe the excitement of going into a dedicated, special room to focus on Art and DT as a highlight of their week. The Art that is being produced by our pupils is starting to be of a high quality.
Congratulations to the girls football team who won all their first round matches and only conceded one goal in this round. Unfortunately they lost 2-1 to Rimon in the quarter finals. They should be very proud of themselves as they played fantastically as a team.
Mrs Lax had the first school council meeting of the year this week, which our new Head boy and Head girl led. They discussed their roles in the school and we look forward to the impact they will have in contributing to the improvements in our school.
Well done to our new school council:
Josh C, Ava, Evie, Nathan, Hazel, Noah, Eloise, Maxwell, Jonah, Scarlett, Seth, Zoe, Max and Annabelle
Thank you to our Catering staff for getting in to the Hallowe'en spirit today and providing some spooky desserts!
and lastly well done to all my tea party attendees today:
Rec - Emmy
Y1 - Sophie
Y2 - Jack
Y3 - Guy
Y4 - Eloise
Y5 - Judah
Y6 - Daisy Gr
We all enjoyed a delicious slice of Mr Barnett's Victoria Sponge- it was delicious!
After half term we will be supporting the Royal British Legion with their annual poppy appeal by selling poppies at school. We will be joining the Shenley community on Remembrance Sunday on 14th November at the Memorial. We would love as many Clore families to join us meeting at 10.50am and have some Year 6 pupils reading a poem as part of the ceremony.
Thank you to our volunteers who have stood outside in the cold, wind and rain this half term. If you have agreed to do a shift, whether on drive thru or on at the gates at the end of the day, please try and give Mrs Gilbery-Philips and Mr Rosen as much notice as possible if you are unable to do it. We are desperately looking for volunteers on a Wednesday and Thursday morning for drive-thru. Please contact Mrs Gilbery-Philips if you can help.
Finally it leaves me to say I hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday and stay safe and well. Thank you as ever for all your support and we look forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school on Monday 1st November.
Year 6 Job and Responsibilities
It was a pleasure for me to join Miss Winwood last week for the Year 6 interviews . It was clear to us both that our pupils had spent time and effort in preparing their application forms and interviews. Today, in our assembly we made the announcements of who had been successful for which positions, congratulations to them all!
15 October 2021
We have had another busy week here at Clore Shalom.
On Tuesday we held a phonics workshop for parents in Reception. Mrs Benson explained to them how we teach phonics and explained some of the terminology we use in school. She even delivered a phonics lesson to her new 'class' and said they all behaved very well in the lesson!
On Wednesday Year 6 had an Ancient Mayan learning day. They spent the day in the hall acting out scenes from Mayan times. They had a cooking bake off where they made pretend hot chocolate the Mayan way, even hunting for a goat to get milk. Their special recipes included chili, lemon, cinnamon, cocoa beans and goat milk. In the afternoon the class split into groups and acted out what happened when people were sacrificed. All the children agreed that it was a fantastic and entertaining day that brought their learning to life.
Wednesday was a busy day as we also sent some of our Year 5 and 6 boys to the first football tournament of the year. Mr Thompson and the parents managed the teams so well that they were able to get to the quarter finals.
A big well done to the team for working together so well - Bertie, Casey, Ethan, Ethan, Harry, Joshua, Louie, Louis, Louis, Max, Nathan, Ollie, Rupert, Sam and Sammy.
Congratulations to the following pupils who joined me for celebration tea today. Thank you to Mrs Bean for baking delicious crispy cakes for the children to enjoy.
Reception - Jacob
Year 1 - Thursday
Year 2 - Zoe
Year 3 - Zack
Year 4 - Cecelia
Year 5 - Orli
Year 6 - Joshua
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
8th October 2021
This week we welcomed one of our Hertfordshire Improvement Partners, who spent the morning with us focusing on the teaching of Maths. She was impressed at the high quality of teaching and the way in which our pupils were engaged and motivated with the lessons. It is always interesting when I see the school through others and I was especially proud of our staff team who continually teach to a high standard every day!
On Monday, we had an assembly about Black History month and learnt about key figures in History and the present day. Some Year 6 pupils helped me to present the assembly and we all discussed the theme of Black History month, which is “Proud to be…” It was a pleasure to listen to many of our children express what they are proud to be.
On Tuesday we had our first face to face governing body meeting since the start of the Pandemic. It was so lovely to be able to sit in one room together and have some good discussions about our school. We would like to welcome Mrs Beth Bean on to the board, as a Staff Governor. We will be looking for a new Parent Governor in the next couple of weeks, more details to follow.
This morning we were joined by Rabbi Paul, from Radlett Reform who shared with us the story of Noah and the Ark and the importance of the dove, which we all wear on our tops with pride.
Congratulations to the following pupil who joined me for Celebration tea party today-Thank you to Mrs Nunn for her delicious chocolate chip and honeycomb cookies!
Rec - Sloane
Y1 - Annabelle
Y2 - Mia R
Y3 - Ruby
Y4 - Daniel
Y5 - Sophia
Y6 - Evie
Year 6 have been making good use of their studio time and have created their own printing tiles, working together to create this masterpiece.
We hope you will join us for our first PTA events of the year! See below for details.
Wishing you a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
This week we celebrated Simchat Torah and although it has been lovely celebrating all the Jewish festivals, we are all really looking forward to our first full week of term next week!
We have seen lots of great work this week and everyone is trying hard to make sure their best work is in every book!
Next week we start afterschool clubs so please make sure you send your child with a nut-free snack.
This morning we were joined by Rabbi Debbie from EHRS who shared her thoughts about communal responsibility. This fitted in really well this week, as Year 6 are working hard on their applications for positions around our school. It is so lovely to re-instate the Year 6 responsibilities and the class have already had such a good start as leaders of our school as they have been leading t'fiallh (prayer) in all the other classes. We have also re-instated 'Buddy' time with our Year 6 and Year 1 pupils and this is proving to be a highlight of the week for many of them.
Congratulations to the following children who joined me for celebration tea party today and thank you to Mrs Rathbone who made delicious brownies and cookies for us to enjoy.
Reception - Jesse
Y1 - Hallie
Y2 - Gabby
Y3 - Leo
Y4 - Jamie
Y5 - Alana
Y6 - Anya
I hope that the petrol situations doesn't have too much of an impact on your weekend and that you enjoy seeing these great photos from Reception.
24th September 2021
This week we have been celebrating Sukkot. Thank you to the Janes family for sending in their lulav and etrog for us to see. Our Sukkah looks beautiful and I would like to thank Mr Simons (Jamie, Anya and Ella's Dad) for providing us with all the fruit and vegetables that we were able to hang. Well done to all our children who added beautiful decorations to our sukkah too. We have all really enjoyed having our snacks in there this week (and on Monday!)
Congratulations to my tea party attendees
REC - Zakary
Y1 - Abraham
Y2 - Daniel
Y3 - Jay
Y4 - Gracie
Y5 - Ava
Y6 - Jake
This week Mrs Jacobs made the most delicious chocolate cake! We all felt like the judges on Great British Bake Off!
Wishing you all Chag Sameah and Shabbat Shalom.
As I write this weeks blog it is the end of Yom Kippur and I have been lucky to not only spend time with family and friends today but have had the opportunity to reflect on the year that has been.
This is a time for fresh beginnings and a time for us to draw a line under difficult and challenging times over the past year. Let us try and think about others more, those that need our help, those that live in fear or those who are not treated nicely because of the colour of their skin or their religious beliefs. Please let’s treat others kindly and talk nicely to one another so we can teach our children the right way to communicate. Let’s look after the world we live in by taking home rubbish, thinking more carefully about re-cycling or getting sustainable food. Let’s all try to be better people so that our children can learn the most valuable lessons from us as teachers and parents. Let us all show CHESED, loving kindness to all we meet.
As we look forward to the festival of Sukkot and hope that the weather continues to be warm and sunny let’s try and appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
Today we were joined by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith and he shared some thoughts about Sukkot, 'made' a sukkah with us and noted that we are all individual and unique just like leaves on a branch.
This week I was so pleased to be joined by the following children who have showed such Chesed (loving kindness) this week and made such a fantastic start to the new academic year. Well done to Sienna, Sienna, Sophie, AJ, Cole, Cora and Harry. We have gone back to having a staff baking rota and this week it was my turn to provide the treats!
Well done to Bertie and Jessica and their Grandpa, Irvine Gersch who have written and published a useful and beautiful book all about sleep worries. Thank you for our school copy, we just love it! Please feel free to order your own copy!
A big thank you to all of our teaching assistants this week as yesterday was National Teaching Assistant Day! We do appreciate all you do for the children in our school-you make such a difference!
Well done to us all for contributing so much to our PTA events over the last year. We are so excited about attending in person so that we can enjoy the events and enjoy being with each other once again.
Wishing you all a peaceful Shabbat and a lovely Sukkot.
10th September 2021
We started off our week with a wonderful Rosh Hashana assembly where we managed to serve all our children apples with honey and bring in the new year together.
We returned to school yesterday and have continued our Art work looking at the artist Keith Haring.
All the classes have now spent time in the studio and have had the opportunity to recreate their own Haring inspired master-pieces!
Kantor Sarah joined us this morning for a wonderful Kabbalat Shabbat service where we heard the shofar blow and discussed what would happen if we had Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana the other way round!
Next week we will be focusing on apologising for things we have done, in preparation for Yom Kippur.
We would love it if all the Clore community could send in some creative fruits and vegetables to decorate our sukkah.
Congratulations to Mia and Emily who have won the competition to design a new Celebration Tea Party certificate.
Lastly have a wonderful weekend and a meaningful Yom Kippur.
Friday 3rd September 2021
It is so lovely to be back at school and although we have only had half a week we have started with a bang!
We would like to offer a warm welcome to some new members of staff, Mr Fenton joins us as a teaching assistant in Year 2 and Mr Barnett joins us as a trainee teacher in Year 5. We hope you will be very happy at Clore Shalom. We said Goodbye to Miss Baker but hello again to her as Mrs Gee, who finally got married over the summer-Mazel tov to Mrs Gee and her new husband!
Also I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Reception families who have joined us over the last few days, the new children have settled in very well.
On Wednesday we had a great Inset day with all the staff. Mrs Lax led us in some updated safeguarding training. We then spent the remainder of the morning enjoying and exploring (and learning) art techniques in our brand new studio! Some of us were outside of our comfort zone, but all agreed it was so lovely to have some time to be creative ourselves.
We can't wait to show the studio to all the children and for them to have their Art and D&T lessons in it.
Our pupils and staff have settled in to school so well this week and it is clear to see how much effort our staff have put in to ensuring that our pupils have a wide range of exciting learning activities this term. The new year group teams have really got to know their classes, and it is so pleasing to see and hear through the corridors that we have happy children and staff in our school.
I am particularly proud of the start our Year 6 class have made as leaders of our school and today Rabbi Neil started to support them in developing some of their leadership skills to prepare them to lead t'fillah in each of our classes.
This morning was our first whole school Kabbalat Shabbat in the hall, and it was so special. We welcomed back Mrs Silverman and Rabbi Neil to help us with the service and we carried out the Mitzvah of hearing the shofar blown by Jonah, in year 6 and Rabbi Neil, to prepare us for celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, next week. I must confess, I felt quite moved seeing and hearing us all sing the Shema together again after feeling like we had a fragmented school for so long.
We are all so excited for the year ahead and can't wait to see what we all achieve together!
Wishing you all L'shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom,
Friday 23rd July
Well we have made it!!! I am so happy that we have managed to make it to the last week without having to close bubbles or finish our term early. We have given everyone a great ending to their year that they have deserved!
As we come to the end of another unusual year, I am continually struck by how special our Clore community is. Our pupils have delighted us (most of the time) in the way they are with each other, the focus they bring to their studies and the pure happiness they show being part of our school. They have engaged with the high level of teaching and learning that has been provided for them and have made the most of every opportunity, whether it be through remote learning or here in school, to achieve their best.
Thank you to all of our parents for their continuous support for all we do as a school and for the way they have rallied around when we have needed help, whether that be providing extra security volunteers, funding for our new initiatives and the general appreciation the have showed me and the team for all our work. A special shout out to Claudine Gilbrey- Phillips, Jo Graham and Shani Allen for leading the PTA so well despite not being able to hold events still managed to raise much needed funds for our school. Also to Neil Rosen who has organised and run the security rota and is always there when we need him!
Thank you to our dedicated and committed group of governors who all put the needs of our school at the forefront of any strategic decisions they help me make. A special thanks to Sara Levan, our Chair of Governors who has completed her first year as Chair so ably and supported me in leading our school in the next phase of development.
Our staff, as ever have gone beyond what is expected of them. All of our staff from our office and site team, teachers, teaching assistants and SLT have all contributed to our school being the best it can be and I so appreciate each and every one of them and what they bring to our school.
It has been so special to welcome in groups of parents this week and have real live audiences here in school for the Year 6 production of ‘Alice’ a truly wonderful show and opportunity to showcase our Year 6 pupils’ talents.
It was also lovely to welcome the Reception parents in to school, through the tears yesterday, we enjoyed the Reception graduation show and it is clear to see our Reception children are ready to fly off to Year 1.
This week we said Goodbye to our wonderful Year 6 class, they have been a true epitome of how we expect Clore Shalom Year 6 pupils to be and we have all so enjoyed seeing them grow and develop over the last few years. They are ready to leave us and we say thank you to them for all they are and all they have taught us!
Congratulations to our Year 6 prize winners:
Sophie- Chesed award
We have also said goodbye and thank you to the staff members who are leaving us this year and we managed to surprise Mrs Sandler with a tea party. After 14 years at Clore, Mrs Sandler has had such a huge impact with the children and staff she has worked with and we wish her all the best in her new job.
Lastly I want to wish you all a lovely holiday, it has been my privilege to lead our school for another year and am so excited about the new initiatives and the exciting opportunities we have planned for our pupils next year.
Happy holidays, please be safe and Shabbat shalom, Mrs Cohen
16th July 2021
As I write there are more and more bubbles closing in local schools and this week has really been challenging with trying our hardest to ensure that we are all kept healthy and safe and that we can keep our bubbles and school operating as near to normal as we can. Please help us by carrying out regular lateral flow tests and getting your child tested if they have any Covid symptoms.
Thank you to the whole team here for always going above and beyond-especially this week with the amount of classes and duties that everyone has had to cover.
The initial aftermath of the football saddened me like many others, I have seen the galvanising effect that the national football team has had in and around our school over recent weeks. For quite a while, it has formed the basis of many conversations amongst both pupils and staff, yet those that have represented our country so admirably have had to suffer some horrific abuse.
As a school, we encourage each other to recognise and celebrate our individualities and differences, as this is what makes us all special. We at Clore Shalom are wholly committed to ensuring that we continue to educate our pupils and play our part in eradicating racism.
The achievements of the national team this summer go a long way to demonstrate the strength of working together. Taking players of all ages, races and experiences to come together harmoniously in this tournament has shown the value in creating a clear culture of togetherness in being successful. This is something that we as a school promote and will continue to in our efforts to educate our pupils.
We have also had lots of fun things going on this week. We welcomed the story telling company, ‘Shooting Stars’ in this week for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and the children loved exploring the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
For the first time since last March we invited parents in (to the playground) for an amazing singing concert performed by our Choir club. It was so special for them to perform to a live audience and the songs were sang beautifully.
I was also lucky enough to attend the Nursery show this morning- which they have recorded to send out to the parents. I am so proud of how our Nursery pupils are ending their year with us, especially considering they have had such an unstable year.
This week we have also had a governing board meeting. We are so lucky that we have such a committed group of governors and I want to thank them for all they give to me and our school.
A massive thankyou to all those families who have contributed to our ‘Studio’, either through our Gateway account or the PTA Go fund me account. We have reached the astonishing amount of £6,500, which will be spent on resources and equipment for our pupils to use!
Thank you to the PTA who today are selling lollies for Frozen Friday, they too work so hard for the good of the children in our school-Massive thanks to Mrs Gilbrey-Phillips, Ms Allen and Mrs Graham and all the other parents that help to raise vital funds for our school.
This week we are launching a big competition for children to design a new ‘Celebration Tea Party’ certificate. Please send in your entries to Mrs Lax. The winner will have their design produced as the invitation and attend the first tea party of the new academic year.
Next week we have lots of fun activities and shows and assemblies! We are looking forward to the Reception Graduation show, the Year 6 show, and Leavers assembly. It is going to be a very warm week, so please make sure your child has sun cream applied, has a water bottle and brings a hat in to school.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Obviously, the football has been a highlight of all of our week this week! We are all so over-joyed that England are through to the final on Sunday. It only seemed appropriate that we all wear Red and white today to show our support for the team.
We can all learn so much from the England team, they have displayed so many of the qualities that we strive to have here at Clore Shalom. They have shown determination and resilience in the way they have focused on what they need to achieve, despite the perceived barriers that are in their way. Our pupils here have shown the same in recent weeks settling back in to routine and expectations and achieving their targets and goals despite the patchy year they have had in and out of school. Gareth Southgate is a leader we can learn so much from, his calm manner and patience in the way he carries out his plan and is not deterred by mistakes along the way. A fine example for us all and here’s hoping he can keep a smile on all of our faces for the beginning of the week!
"Sometimes you have to go through difficult times as a team, and failures, to learn and to improve" Gareth Southgate
On Thursday this week, we were able to hold our transition morning for all pupils. It was fantastic to see (and hear) everyone in their new classes, with their new teaching teams. All our children really enjoyed their mornings, getting to know their new teachers and familiarising themselves with their new surroundings. In addition to this, we have also welcomed our new Reception children in to school for these sessions. It has been great to welcome some new families to our community, and we look forward to seeing them all again in September.
Year 3 enjoyed their stone age workshop this week. By the end of this term each class would have had a visitor to help enhance the curriculum and bring some kind of 'real life' learning to school.
We are all getting excited about the creating of our Studio and have already put our first order in for resources. Thank you so much to the parents that have already donated money to help us have the right equipment.
Next week we have another transition morning, where the children will spend time with their new teaching teams. Year 6 pupils are busy practising for their end of year performance and their leavers assembly, which we can't wait to see.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. For many of us this Sunday is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see our National football team compete in the final of a major championship.
Let’s hope that it does come home this weekend, enjoy watching with your families and take pride in the team’s achievement whatever the outcome of the match!
2nd July 2021
Healthy Mind and Healthy Body week has been a great success this week! We have had a wide range of activities and visitors and given our pupils some amazing experiences. We started the week (although raining!) with Mr Harris (Jayden's Dad) and Mr Fennessey (Ava and Bella's Dad) with Fitness training. All of us really enjoyed the exercise. Mr Harris also led our staff meeting and the staff participated in some fitness training of our own and we were thankful to Mr Harris for putting us through our paces! Adam Harris Personal Training
In our classes we have been learning about sun safety, the importance of exercise and having healthy diets, what makes us feel good and having healthy lifestyles.
On Wednesday we welcomed Mike Mullen who worked with are older pupils, teaching the children BMX tips and tricks. Whilst that was going on, the guys from Rubicon worked with the younger pupils on skate boarding skills.
On Thursday we welcomed A-Life back to our school and they worked with all our classes delivering a workshop about healthy living.
Today we welcomed Happy Little Yogi company who led some mindful yoga sessions, which we have all really enjoyed.
Throughout the rest of the week we have had field events, in each class and track events and these have been done in our houses. Pupils were able to be rewarded by house points across the events. Sports leaders were delighted to announce that the winning house over the week is...Hertzl!
This week Mrs Lax and I hosted a coffee morning for our Parent reps. Mrs Lax presented the new RSHE policy to the group and I was able to share some exciting plans for next term regarding our new initiative to raise the standard to Art and D&T(more on that further in my blog!). It was a great opportunity to have some time with our parents and have discussions in this informal way.
We are excited to announce that in September we will be launching 'The Studio' this will be a dedicated area in the school where pupils will be able to develop their Art and D&T skills.
And Finally, we are all so enjoying Euro 2020. England are playing so well and we can't wait to cheer them on tomorrow night as they play Ukraine.
This photo and caption says it all about the inspirational Gareth Southgate. A powerful message about being resilient and determined despite mistakes...
This is Gareth Southgate in 1996 after he missed a penalty for England causing them to exit out of Euro 96 to Germany and him again 25 years later as the England manager.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom
25th June 2021
Life is like a roller coaster! It really has been for me this week(literally!)...At the beginning of the week, myself and Mrs Goldsmith met with each class teacher and discussed where pupils were in relation to their learning. We were so pleased to see how hard pupils had been working and that where there are gaps, due to the Covid closures, staff had worked hard to try and close the gaps and enable our pupils to fly. We are confident that all our pupils will be starting the new academic year in a good position and this is down to their hard work, our partnership with you, our families and the hard work of all of our staff.
This week we thanked all of our staff, with some nice treats in the staffroom. Thank you to those parents who sent virtual cards, via the Thank A Teacher website, and To Mrs Franks who sent in the most delicious lemon cake for our staff.
Year 1 had their Chaggigat Ha Siddur ceremony, where they received their siddurim(prayer books). Parents were able to join us on Zoom and despite families being on a screen, many emotional tears were shed! Thank you to all the Year 1 team for putting together such an amazing ceremony, every child shone and the songs were just beautiful!
Year 6 pupils have had the most amazing week. On Tuesday, they went to Stanborough lakes and participated in some canoeing, team games and raft building. On Wednesday they went to Kidzania and yesterday I had the privilege of joining them at Chessington World of Adventures. I was so impressed with our year 6 pupils, they were so well behaved and caring towards each other. They were a pleasure to be with despite dragging me on all the rides!
We ended their celebration week with pizza and cinema night and a sleepover at school. Miss Winwood has given them a week to remember, a huge thank you to her and all the team who have joined Year 6 this week. Thanks also to our parent security volunteers who have joined the class this week, Mr Rosen, Mr Bernstein, and Mr Bispham (sorry for screaming in your ear on the rides!)
We are really looking forward to ‘Healthy Minds and Healthy Body’ week next week. We have some great activities and events planned and the staff are especially excited as they get to wear tracksuits and trainers all week!!
Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom.
18th June 2021
Well it is that time of the week again, and despite the rubbish weather we have had today, there has been much noise and excitement filling the corridors of our school today.
This week we welcomed new Reception parents in to school, each morning. It has been so lovely to show them around our school (whilst adhering to the covid restrictions!).
We have been planning some exciting things for next year and I will soon be sharing with you an incredible opportunity for our school...
Year 4 had the most amazing Roman workshop yesterday when they all got dressed up and had a ‘Roman’ visitor to share artefacts and experience life in Roman times. Even Mr Thompson and Mr Manning adorned capes and helmets!
Year 6 had a holocaust workshop this week, where they learnt and heard stories about The Kindertransport. I was particularly impressed and the level of questions our pupils asked.
I have seen some amazing work this week, our pupils have been writing, recording, drawing across the curriculum and the buzz of learning is certainly evident in every area of our school.
Next week there is a national initiative, National Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 23rd June. This is a day that seeks to recognise the hard work and dedication that all school staff put into their jobs. As a school we will be thanking our staff next week. I know how much it would mean to our staff if your children would also like to join in with thanking the staff that work with them. If you would like some more ideas please follow the link below.
Have a great weekend, and let’s hope that England are able to give us something to cheer about this evening!
11th June 2021
Despite the warm weather we have all continued to work hard in our lessons:
Reception class have been working really hard on their writing and have produced the most amazing books.
Year 1 have been writing their own stories and learning all about the astronaut, Neil Armstrong. Year 2 have been learning about telling the time and using the book 'Storm Whale' in their English lessons. Year 3 have been writing instructions and Year 4 have been working hard on learning about co-ordinates and writing explanation texts about electricity. Year 5 are reading 'Viking Boy' and are designing and making their own Viking ships. Year 6 are preparing for secondary school and are so excited to start working on their school play 'Alice'!
It is so lovely to see all of our children playing on our new playground equipment, this week. We must say a special thank you to our wonderful PTA and Jewish Child's Day who have made it possible for us to have this equipment!
A very well done to Charlotte and Gabby who have raised over £1700 for charity by cycling. We are so proud of you both!
Bertie, in Year 5 met with Perrie Young today to start producing his winning song from our recent song writing competition.
Please remember to send your child in with a hat and water bottle and make sure sun cream is applied before they come to school.
We are all getting so excited about Euro 2020! It is just so lovely that we can enjoy and follow the tournament this year! Come on France!! (my team in the staff sweepstake!)
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
PaJeS, the go-to organisation in the community for supporting Jewish Schools, is launching their Power of Partnerships Matched Funding campaign. Whilst we ask our parents to always prioritise donations to the school, PaJeS works very closely with our school and we are happy to endorse this campaign.
Around 60% of children in our community attend Jewish Day Schools. PaJeS plays a critical role in representing our schools at government level and meeting the range of needs of the Headteachers, teachers and governors who lead Jewish schools. PaJeS has been at the forefront of developing our best school leaders, helping our children face the challenges of this past year and been a powerful advocate for Jewish schools at local and national government level. A partnership with PaJeS means greater collaboration between schools, excellence in school leadership and schools being more financially efficient and sustainable.
Please help to raise much needed funds and help ensure that Jewish schools continue to provide the best possible education for our children. Every donation is doubled so whatever you can give will have twice the impact.
We have all worked so hard over the last 7 weeks to get back in to school life and I have been so incredibly proud of everyone. I have seen some amazing learning and our staff have created exciting lessons and opportunities for all our children. Thank you to all the staff for your hard work and committment, as always, this half term. I know it hasn't been easy and we have had to adjust some of our practices after returning to school. You are the best team and I appreciate every one of you and the contribution you make to making our school great!
As well as returning to school after a Pandemic we have also had to increase our security around school and I just wanted to thank the many parent volunteers who have helped out and continue to do so after the half term break.
Today our winning house 'Chagall' got to be the first children on the new play equipment which is on now on the field. We are so excited that we have another area for children to play.
We have so much to look forward to in the next half half term. We have our Healthy Mind and Healthy Body week, Sports day, (which we are hoping to have on 29th June) our Year 6 events and we are also welcoming our new Reception families to see our school.
We cant wait for the PTA Summer fair on the 11th July where we can truly get together and celebrate our wonderful community! Please see message from PTA below. Huge thank you to all our sponsors for helping make this event be an incredible one so that w can raise some much needed funds for our school.
I hope you have a lovely half term and the weather is glorious. Looking forward to seeing you back to school at the usual time on Monday 7th June.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
CAN YOU HELP OUR SUMMER FAIR?
We are delighted that Engel Jacobs have once again agreed to help towards sponsoring our summer party. In return would you be willing to have a Engel Jacobs board outside your home for 4 weeks around the event?
The wording on the board would simply be, ''Proud to sponsor Clore Summer Party July 2021".
Sponsorship is essential in helping us to stage events that the whole community can enjoy and through these events we are able to raise essential money for the school.
If this is possible at your home, or you know of a family member or friend who may be willing, we would love to hear from you.
Please get in touch with email@example.com for more information.
21st May 2021
As we are coming to the end of the first half of the summer term, life at Clore is beginning to feel more and more normal. Over the last two weeks I have spent time in class and it has been a delight to see how well our pupils are engaged and excited about the wonderful lessons that have been prepared for them. We are really focusing on supporting pupils to expand their knowledge and the teachers are finding so many creative ways to help our pupils know more and remember more. Please make sure you look at your child's class blog for further information on their learning.
This week, work is underway on our new adventure playground on the field, and we just can't wait to see children playing on it at the beginning of next week, when we hope it will be finished.
Today we managed to have Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 and 4 in the hall for Kabbbalat Shabbat. Year 5 and Year 6 joined us on zoom from their classrooms, but the singing could be heard through the school and after such a long time of remote Kabbalat Shabbats today's was extremely special. The Ruach (spirit) that used to be so evident on a Friday morning was definitely there this morning. The children sang the Shema with gusto and after feeling that our school was fragmented for such a long time, for that moment, I felt that we were a community again.
Sadly we said Goodbye to Rabbi Celia who is leaving the community for a new adventure in New Mexico. We were so pleased she was able to join us physically today, for her last Clore Kabbalat Shabbat. Rabbi Celia has been a school governor for 8 years and we thanked her for her huge contribution to our school during that time. On a personal note, I am hugely grateful for the support Rabbi Celia has given me in my work here at school, she always offers great advice, shares empathy of some of the challenges we both face in the community and I will especially miss the way she always just went with the flow during numerous Kabbalat Shabbat services!
Good Luck Rabbi Celia, we will miss you!
And lastly I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for playing your part to keep us all safe, whether you are volunteering, parking your car in the right direction or just making sure you leave the site quickly...thank you. Here's hoping and praying that the cease-fire in the Gaza conflict can lead to peace.
14th May 2021
It's been another full and busy week here at Clore Shalom. On Tuesday we had 'Rockstar Day' when we all dressed up as Rockstars so we could get excited to relaunch Times Tables Rockstars. There were some amazing outfits and even the staff dressed up too!
This week Year 6 have been debating big issues in class and learning how to convert numbers using comparison graphs. In Year 5 pupils have been writing amazing mystery stories. Year 4 have been working on setting descriptions and finishing their Roman shields.
Year 2 have been writing their own instructions, despite Miss Grant buttering whole loaves of bread! Year 3 have been writing postcards to their parents and learning about the stone age by handing some artefacts and deciding what they were used for. In Reception, there has been much work around the book Zog and the children have been writing sentences about dragons and making potions.
Pupils in EYFS have finished the week making their own dragon shaped challah- Wow! it looks scary and delicious!
On Tuesday evening we had a very special staff meeting and invited school governors to join us to discuss and share ideas on the next stage of our school development. We began to explore what our pupils and our school may look like in the year 2031 and it was great to spend some time being reflective as a team and really thinking outside the normal parameters of school curriculum. We all had some great ideas that included developing our Israeli garden and looking at STEM opportunities.
There was much discussion about wanting to provide more creative opportunities for our pupils to truly fly as high as they can.
Talking about butterflies and flying high this week I loved joining Year 5 as they released their beautiful butterflies into the world. We had watched them hatch and we were all so delighted to see them fly off in to the sky...
It has been so worrying to hear and see the images on the news about the Israel and Gaza conflict. The situation is complex and it has been challenging to answer some of the questions that our children have asked. Our thoughts are with all the people that have been affected by this situation and we all need to wish and pray for a peaceful solution.
As the actress Gal Gadot tweeted earlier in the week
"This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation, our neighbours deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray to our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace"
Wishing you all a Chag Sameach, have a lovely Shavuot and Shabbat Shalom. See you on Wednesday.
7th May 2021
This week has been book week and we have had a fantastic week!
We welcomed Tom Palmer, the author, in to school and loved hearing him read his books to us. Many of us bought his books and he signed them. He told me that he loved talking to our children.
Brooke said “It was so lovely to hear about Tom’s new book”. Ethan said “I loved hearing about how he got his ideas for writing!”
We also had a drama teacher, Sophia, who worked with Nursery and Reception children bringing books to life through drama and movement.
We have also done some fantastic writing in response to our Book Week. Well done to Ruby in Reception, to Jonah and Sam in Year 1.
Our book fair had been a success and our pupils have loved choosing and buying their own books. It is not too late to order if you need please see this link.
We have got the builders in this week and they are building a brand new climbing structure for the field. This has been part funded by the PTA and you through all the fundraising events over the last two years! I am so excited to share with you the finished structure next week and even more excited to see our children play on it.
This week we also welcomed Taylor Morrison from Watford FC who spoke to Years 4,5, and 6 about what it was like for him going to a school being the only person of colour. He spoke to pupils about this feelings and experiences and the challenges he faced growing up. I was so impressed at the sensible questions our children asked Taylor.
Rafi I in Year 5 says " It was so interesting to hear Taylor speak about having to be resilient in his school. I know that being racist is really wrong!"
Thank you to Farmer Field for starting us off with our Gardening Group- we can't wait to see (and eat) our carrots and beetroots when they are grown!
The weather forecast is a mixed bag this weekend, so I hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends and having a restful weekend.
Please also remember we are closed for Shavuot on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th May.
Next Tuesday is Rockstar dress up day where we are re-launching Times Table Rockstars- we can't wait to see all of you dressed up ready to Rock Out!!
30th April 2021
We have had another busy week here at Clore Shalom. We started the week with a Ramadan learning day; In Nursery and Reception classes children made Ramadan biscuits and masks, Year 1 wrote about Muslims making lanterns to celebrate Ramadan. Year 2 and Year 3 made lanterns, Year 4 discussed the fact that Muslims fasted and made lots of similarities with Yom Kippur, Year 5 and Year 6 made information leaflets, created some Islamic repeating patterns and discovered that as well as fasting Muslims also ask for forgiveness, just like we do at Yom Kippur!
Today we were joined, virtually, by our ex-parent and real-life published author, Steven Vinacour, as our first event to launch book week next week. Steven shared extracts of his latest book 'Tudor Tangle' which we all laughed and loved! He then led a question and answer session with some of the classes. Some of our pupils came up with some very interesting story ideas for him and we can't wait to see how he includes them in to his next novel!
Next week we are so excited to welcome the author Tom Palmer to school, Tom has written lots of different types of books. He will be joining each class and sharing some of his books. We will also be selling his novels, which he will sign (please see letter sent out today). He has also very kindly said that if you have any of his books at home to bring them in and he will sign them for you!
We also have the book fair in school and your children will have the opportunity to visit the fair with their teacher so they will also be able to buy books then too.
This week I enjoyed hosting my tea party for the following children; Toby, Flora, Sophie, Danna, Ethan, Johnny, Jake and Anaelle.
Well done also to Lily, Skyla, and Samuel A in Year 1 who all came to see me this week to show me their wonderful work. A special mention must go to Benji in Year 6 who passed his grade 4 in drumming this week, we are all so proud of him!
I hope you all enjoy the sunshine and the extra long weekend, I will see you all on Tuesday.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
23rd April 2021
We have all enjoyed the sunshine this week and have made excellent use of our field! Everyone has been working so well and it is such a joy to walk through the corridors feeling the buzz of learning throughout each class.
This week Mrs Benson led our staff meeting and talked everyone through the EYFS environment and described the learning behind the play philosophy. We all gained so much from this, as teachers, we don't often spend time in another key stage and it is so important to consider where pupils we teach have come from and where they are going and the skills that they need to build upon in their learning.
On Monday our assembly featured the sad passing of Prince Philiip and the children had the opportunity to discuss this and the impact this would have on our Queen and our country.
Tali, in Year 5 decided that she would write to the Queen to convey her sympathies.
Before the holidays, Year 5 wrote to Oliver Dowden MP about how we can protect the environment and the impact that the pandemic had had on woodlands and rivers. We were very exited to receive a letter back from him this week.
Congratulations to Bertie and Lily who have won the song writing competition. Their prize will be to attend a song writing workshop. We are so proud of them and they will be performing their songs in next weeks Kabbalat Shabbat.
Today myself and Mrs Martin met with the Chairs of the PTA and they are busy planning a wonderful Summer Tea Party...more details to follow! We can't wait!
Our Year 6 pupils have gained so much from participating in the cycling profeciency course we arranged for them. Thank goodness the weather was good for them. They have gained the confidence and skills to ride their bikes on the road and the instructors were so impressed with them. Well done Year 6!
I hope you have a lovely weekend, enjoying the sunshine and time with friends and family.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
16th April 2021
I hope everyone had a great holiday. Life certainly feels a little freer now that some of the lockdown rules are starting to be lifted. We have really enjoyed welcoming back our pupils and they have settled back in to their learning in a wholly positive way.
This week Mrs Lax led our staff meeting and she shared with us some theories of Resiliance. This was so interesting for many of us and it gave us some understanding and knowledge of how our pupils (and in some cases our families and us) are feeling about issues that affect us. We had some discussion about what we need to provide to ensure that our pupils can develop their resilience. We really enjoyed our new initiative that we started this week, Wellbeing Wednesday!
Our pupils have been busy with their learning; Year 4 have been exploring the melting point of chocolate in their Science lessons, Year 2 have been investigating the growing conditions for growing beans, Year 3 have enjoyed reading 'The Iron Man', Year 6 have been finding out about the amazing Americas and Reception class have been making their own treasure maps.
Yesterday was Yom Ha'atzmaout and as well as wearing blue and white the whole school participated in different learning activities. It was so lovely to see children working together across year groups and everyone seemed to enjoy the activities. Thank you to Mrs Martin and Miss Bard for their support with this.
Congratulations to last terms House Point Champions:
Thank you to Mr Jason Graham for standing as a parent governor, I look forward to working with him in his new role!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, Shabbat Shalom. Mrs Cohen
23rd March 2021
Although this has not been a 'normal' term, we are definitely ending it in the Clore Shalom way with some great learning and celebrating Pesach (Passover). Yesterday the pupils participated in some creative activities on the theme of Pesach- making matzah cloths and posters. It has been so lovely to see all the children dressed up today in their smartest clothes for the model sederim. Thank you to Mrs Martin and Cantor Sarah for leading us through the service and all our staff who prepared 200+ seder plates for the children. Pupils in EYFS enjoyed their seder and a special mention must go to Mrs Sharron who created such a wonderful Seder table and service- not sure who enjoyed it more the EYFS staff team or the children!
I hope you all have a lovely Pesach and enjoy time with your families. Have a wonderful break and I will look forward to seeing you back to school on Monday 12th April.
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Life at school is certainly beginning to feel nearly normal. There has been much learning and many exciting activities going on across the whole school. This week we have had a focus on the book 'Here we are' Oliver Jefferies. Pupils have used the book as a stimulus for writing and exploring how they are feeling since returning to school.
In Reception, they have been learning about the story 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' and have been linking this learning to work on Our Planet. In Year 1, they have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, learning about the UK and Van Gogh. Year 3 have been creating poems (see below for Natasha, Theo, Mia and Abigail's poems). Year 4 have had a busy week! They have been learning to use fractions, use column methods for multiplication in maths. In History, they have been learning about how to use primary and secondary sources. In English, they have been applying their skills to write letters to say why a person or a pet is special. In Science, they had great fun experimenting the difference of the weight of carbon dioxide in different fizzy drinks!
Year 5 have been recognising each other's talents and achievements and have written certificates for each other to acknowledge what they should be proud of.
Year 6 have been estimating volume and using objects from World War 2 to discover about the Blitz and protecting people.
This week we welcomed our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner and Mr Conway (who is now one of our school governors). Together we looked around the classes and saw some great learning. They both commented how focused our pupils are and how well pupils have returned to school and to the high expectations of learning and behaviour we all have for them.
Our corridors look amazing! Our staff have created displays from work that was completed during Science week each class focussed on a different aspect of animals and I am sure you will agree they all are so effective(see below!)
Next week we are sending information about a vacancy for a new parent governor.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Mrs Cohen
12th March 2021
What a wonderful week it has been. We have all been so delighted to welcome back all our pupils and they have made such a tremendous start back to school. We are so pleased that overall everyone is happy to be here and it has been pure joy watching the children (and the staff) enjoy being with their friends. I am sure you will have noticed that your child may be more tired than usual and this is entirely normal as we get used to the routines and systems of school life once again.
Having additional time devoted to PE and games has proved to be successful this week and as well as children having more exercise, they have had more opportunity to work together in teams and groups. I would like to welcome out two new PE coaches from The Elms, Mr Robert Kane and Mr Jake Cuthbert who have made such a great start here at Clore Shalom.
I have been particularly impressed with the following pupils this week, Abraham and Oscar In Reception who produced their own ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ books, Alicia in Year 6, who produced some wonderful Art, tied in to our Science week, and Jonah, Lily and Leo H in year 2 who did some incredible writing in their English lessons this week.
We have all really enjoyed Science week this week, and it has provided us all with an exciting focus to our week, along with our usual high quality Maths and English lessons. Each class has focused on a different theme about animals and it has certainly created a fantastic learning buzz throughout the school. A big thank you to Mrs Berger who has co-ordinated a great Science week this week.
Pupils are managing really well, to keep within their paired year groups bubbles. Although adults are wearing masks in crowded areas of the school, pupils have really adjusted well to the adaptations we have had to make.
We have been inundated with the positive comments we have received from both children and feedback from parents about how delicious the new school meals are. There have been an increase of the amount of school meals being ordered this week. In comparison to Autumn term with the previous school meal supplier, we had on average daily 104 meal take up (approx. 90 meals were provided through Universal Free School Meals for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) and this week we have seen an increase in school meals ordered with 186 school meals being provided today! When we can, we will be inviting parents to join us to try the new lunches.
Thank you to those families who have completed our remote learning survey this week. We will be summarising the key points and sharing these with you in the next few weeks.
We are looking for a new site manager, please pass on information if you know of anyone who may be interested. https://www.cloreshalom.herts.sch.uk/caretaker-2/
Next week we will using the book, ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. Please find link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkcjKbbF9JA if you would like to share this with your child over the weekend.
We will be shortly sending out information regarding a Parent Governor vacancy, so please look out for this.
Wishing you a wonderful, restful Shabbat, and weekend and a lovely Mother's Day to all our Mothers, Grandma's and Nana's!
5th March 2021
We have made it!.. and survived(mostly) another lockdown. Well done to us all.
I, together with the staff am so excited to welcome back everyone in to school on Monday but whilst many of us are excited to be back, we also realise that some of us will be nervous and anxious about returning to school. We have planned lots of opportunities for pupils to express how they are feeling, to re-join their friends and get back to learning in a calm supported way. Thank you to those families that have sent back their questionnaires sharing with us, issues that their families have experienced over the last term-this has really helped us to support your children.
This week we have enjoyed World Book Day, we loved watching our special 'Masked Reader' video and tried to guess who the readers were! Thank you to Mrs Goldsmith for putting it all together- it was such fun to be part of!
Well done to all those pupils who sent in photos and videos of them reading in strange places. Some of you read in some very unusual places! I hope you enjoyed seeing the video in our Kabbalat Shabbat assembly this week.
This week all the teachers came in to school and set up their classrooms and planned their lessons. It was so lovey for me to catch up with them in real life, as opposed to talking through a screen. They have worked hard to plan a fantastic 'Science week' next week, the theme of the week is 'Animals' and we are also going to combine it with teaching our pupils some Art skills too!
We have also got some exciting plans for the Summer term when we hope life will be 'nearly normal'!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, Shabbat Shalom...and see you on Monday!
26th February 2021
As we start a new half term, I am sure that like me you are all hugely relieved at the glimmer of light that we can all see, as life is starting to feel like it is getting back to normal. We are all so excited to welcome back all of our pupils and staff on the 8th March.
This week we have been meeting staff and compiling our own ‘Roadmap’ to get all the children back to where they need to be. As I communicated with you earlier in the week, our priorities in the next couple of weeks are going to be re-establishing expectations for learning behaviour, providing social support opportunities, having lots of physical exercise and establishing what has been learned during this lockdown. This will help us to effectively plan for each pupils’ learning for the remainder of the academic year.
We have all loved visiting all the children this week, delivering Mishloah Manot, a big thank you to my Purim Posties for making the deliveries! We hope everyone enjoyed the little treat.
On Wednesday, many families took part in our Humantashen bake. A massive thank you to Victoria Prever for leading us all and helping us make delicious white chocolate and lotus biscuit flavoured humantashen.
We hope you enjoyed our Purim Kabbalat Shabbat today. We had such fun making the film, as you could see, some of us took our acting very seriously! Well done to Mr Thompson our film director, producer, script writer, costume designer, runner…for all his hard work this week in creating such a masterpiece!
Next week is our last week of home-schooling!(loud cheer heard from miles away!)... we are so proud of the whole school community, it hasn’t been an easy time for any of us but we did it! Please encourage your children to join the live workshops in the morning, next week, even if they don’t need the help it will help with their transition back to us for them to spend some time with their teachers.
Next Thursday is World Book Day and we will be having some special activities. Please send in some photos of you reading in extreme or unusual places to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 3rd March so we can share next Friday.
I hope you enjoy the sunny weather this week, it certainly feels a lot brighter everywhere.
Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.
12th February 2021
As we come to the end of another strange half-term I can’t help but feel proud to be leading our school in this time of home-schooling and lockdowns. The teachers, as ever have risen to the challenge of adapting their planning and teaching to accommodate this now new way of school life, whilst having their own children and dogs to care for!
I have loved visiting registration sessions and seeing our wonderful children and their (mostly) happy faces and I have been reminded at just how adaptable children are to different situations. As ever, please do not worry if you think your child is not learning as much as they need to, I promise we will ensure they have all the support necessary for them to have any learning gaps filled when they return to us.
I have been blown away by the commitment our support staff have shown in facilitating our on-site provision. It hasn’t been easy and some of us have felt nervous about being in the building together, whilst the rest of our families are locked safely away, but the measures that we have put in place, including the twice-weekly lateral flow testing has ensured that we all keep as safe as possible. Thank you to our wonderful team at school.
Huge well done to all our parents for (just about!) surviving a half term of home-schooling, I know it has not been easy. I hope those parents that attended our ‘Home-schooling…a survival guide’ information evening found it useful and managed to take a couple of bits of useful advice from the evening. Thank you to Mrs Martin, Mrs Lax, Mrs Goldsmith, Mrs Berger, Miss Winwood, and Mrs Benson for joining me for the evening. The feedback we received from parents was positive and parents told us it was a relief to hear that everyone was feeling the same way and had similar challenges.
This week we have had Safer Internet Day, thank you to Mr Thompson for supporting the learning with this. We hope that everyone is feeling a little more knowledgeable about being safe on line.
A massive well done to us all for raising a staggering £1,759 for our two charities, JAMI and CHAI Cancer Care, I hope you enjoyed completing your marathons.
In January, the government asked all school Nursery classes to open, we were unable to do this, at the time, due to prioritising our Critical Key Worker and Vulnerable Pupil Group and the staffing implications that were involved. We are now in a position to open Nursery class, with Miss Grant, Miss Barber and Mrs Sharron, and we welcome them and the children back from Wednesday 24th February.
I am delighted to be able to welcome two new members of staff Mrs Becky Cheung and Miss Charlotte Maylor, who will be joining the Clore Staff team as Teaching Assistants. I hope you will join me in wishing them a successful time at Clore.
Please make sure you scroll down this week and see some of our amazing work!
A great Zoom Disco to end our half term- thanks for dancing along!!
Bye from all the staff xx
Wishing you all a good half term break, huge thanks for your support and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
5th February 2021
We have all taken part in lots of activities during Mental Health Week this week, we have been carrying out our activities towards our ‘5 ways to Wellbeing’ which have included ‘Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give’. Well done to you all on achieving so much this week. I know the weather has not helped us to be sunny and positive but I do hope you have managed to find some fun things to do.
Well done to you all for all your amazing home teaching this week. I know, myself, how hard it is supporting your own children with their learning, whilst trying to do your own job (as well as, trying to jolly everyone along)! I recommend walks outside and trying to find a little bit of time when you are on your own!
This week all the staff received a ‘hug in a mug’, which was a hot chocolate treat. They are all working so hard, whether at home planning and teaching remotely or in school we so appreciate their dedication. They too are so eager to return back to normality and for us to be together in school safely.
Sad news this week about Captain Sir Tom Moore passing away. Captain Sir Tom first came into the limelight last April when he decided to try and raise £1000 for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. He raised a staggering £33 million pounds and on his birthday he received over 150,000 birthday cards from people all around the world!
Captain Sir Tom Moore was truly an inspiration to us all, he had such a positive view of the world even over the last year when things have been tough for us all. I especially love this quote which was how he lived his life "My today was all right and my tomorrow will certainly be better. That's the way I've always looked at life.” .
I have been so pleased to see so many of us doing our bit for charity by doing our own marathons, just like Captain Sir Tom Moore we have been doing something to raise money to help others who are need it. Well done to Rafi, Mrs Lax, Sophie and Natasha, Leo and Noah, Isabella, Issy, Ilana, Freya and Sam, Ethan H, Mrs Woolstone, Mrs Scott, Jonah and Theo, Mia and Zoe, Zack, Kitty, Sophie and Louis, Kara and Taylor and Hayley Herman and me for getting out at completing our own Marathons over the last 10 days. We have all raised £1,144 for both JAMI and CHAI cancer care! Thank you so much to those families that sponsored us and those that took part...Just amazing!
I do hope you will join us for our information evening on Monday night ‘Home-Learning…a survival guide’ meeting on Zoom. Please check your emails for details. It will be lovely to ‘see’ you all then.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a restful weekend, Mrs Cohen
29th January 2021
As we end our 4th week of remote teaching and home schooling we must take a breath and acknowledge our survival and successes so far. Having spoken to many colleagues this week it is apparent that this week has been a struggle for many. Here’s hoping the news from the government this week, although not definite, has given us a slight glimmer of hope of this lockdown starting to be a lifted a little bit at a time.
The snow last week definitely brought some well-needed excitement and break from the norm and it was so lovely to receive wonderful photos of children in the snow having so much fun.
This week I have loved joining your registrations and seeing all your happy faces. The highlight of my week has been delivering the celebration tea boxes and hosting my Zoom tea party. It was delightful to see so many of you pleased and proud to be nominated by your teachers!
I was also lucky enough to see some of the most amazing Art work in Year 5 and Year 6, their edible art was based on the artist Archimboldo and was a perfect link to us celebrating Tu B’shvat this week.
This week we had a full governing body meeting, where I shared some examples of some of the video lessons that our teachers have worked so hard to produce. The governors appreciated the opportunity to gain some understanding of the learning that is being offered to our children and were impressed at the creativity and dedication of our staff and pupils.
This morning I was asked to present our remote learning offer to other Hertfordshire Headteachers at a webinar, a couple of other Heads also presented what was going on their schools and it was so interesting to hear about the differences and appreciate the reasons why schools have chosen to do what they do.
Well done on all of you have completed your marathons this week. I have been so impressed with all those who have taken part. We have currently raised £732! This is amazing!
It is not too late to participate if you want to get your trainers on!
Well done to you all for another week of home-schooling, we know that it is challenging for many of us. Keep going there is light at the end of the tunnel!
22nd January 2021
This week has been a strange week for me as I was at home for a few days this week after not feeling very well. I took myself off to get a covid test and thankfully, my results were negative.
The time working at home forced me to work at a slightly slower pace than I am used to and gave me a little more time to think through everything that we have put in place over the last few weeks and months. I reflected on the many conversations I have had with parents and staff recently and I have been struck by how impressed our parents have been with the care and warmth that our teachers and other staff have shown towards their children. I take it for granted that being a teacher it is in our makeup to be caring to the children we work with and as a parent too, I have always assumed that my own children’s teachers would be caring and supportive. As parents, I imagine that many of you are seeing, for the first time the natural interactions between your child and their teachers and thank you to those of you who have expressed their gratitude for this support during this challenging time.
We are excited to announce the launch of our Clore Shalom Marathon
We can't wait to hear about all your walking and running achievements over the next few weeks!
Our pupils at school have been enjoying our new school meals:
“Really good actually, the fish fingers are delicious!” Daniel
“Super Duper all of it!” Seth D
“Chips taste yummy!” Ruby
“I like the pizza, it tastes delicious!” Cole
“Lunch is spectacular” Daisy
We are so impressed at the quality and taste of our new menus, and can’t wait for you all to try them.
Wishing you all a peaceful Shabbat,
15th January 2021
As we come to the end of our second week of home schooling and remote teaching, we should all be very proud of what we have achieved. Having spoken to many families this week, it is clear that we all have different circumstances that we are dealing with at home, whether it is trying to balance a full time job or business while home schooling, dealing with tantrums or tears (from our spouses at times!) or simply feeling alone and that your struggles are unique to you. This is not the case. As I wrote in my letter last Friday, it is ok to take time out of the structure if you think your child or you may need it and go for a walk, play a game or put the tv on. We all need to focus on making sure our relationships with each other are positive. I read something recently, that it is so much more difficult to be a parent when we are home-schooling. We seem to miss or forget to celebrate the normal ‘parent’ moments, like sharing a bed-time story, or sharing a giggle at bath time, simply because we are all exhausted from the day we have had, we have just run out of steam, or are struggling to switch between ‘home-teacher’ to ‘parent’.
This week I have been so impressed at the quality of work the children are producing, the teachers report back that the half hour live Maths and English workshops are successful and purposeful for those that need and want the support or a bit more structure. Much feedback has been appreciative of the fact that children can go at their own pace, re-watch our videos, and have the balance of contacting the teachers when they need support and have the option to join our live workshops if needed. Implementing a remote schooling strategy has been extremely challenging and I would urge people not to compare what one school is doing with another because every school will have its own particular reason for choosing one option over another.
We have been thinking about how we can still have some of our lovely whole school initiatives and I am delighted to announce that next week we re-instate our Celebration tea parties. Your teachers have selected children who have put in maximum effort in to their home learning or shown good Chesed and a ‘tea box’ will be delivered to you over the next couple of days, with further information so that you can join me, remotely, on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate your achievements and enjoy a yummy tea together.
We are also going to be awarding our ‘Special Mentions’ certificates through a fortnightly video. Your teachers will award their pupils' certificates according to our school values but you can also send in any videos or photos of yourselves perfecting a new skill, like the skipping girl I shared with you last week, or a new hobby you are proud to share. Please send photos and videos to me at email@example.com
by Friday 22nd January for our first video.
I hope you find some time over the weekend to have fun and enjoy being with each other.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
18th December 2020
This week we have really enjoyed celebrating Chanukah, we decorated our classroom doors, ate doughnuts, welcomed Israeli scouts (over zoom), lit candles and sang songs. Despite not being together we certainly heard wonderful singing and Chanukah excitement throughout the corridors.
So, we've made it to the end of term!
It's been another very challenging term but we have got through it. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, governors, parents and of course our wonderful children, you have all played your part in making sure we were able to get through to this point.
We know that more challenging times are ahead, but it is now time to stop and take a breath and try to have a break. We know there is light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to keep going and as always continue to provide the best education and support to our children, when we return to school next term.
I am so proud to lead an inspirational team, especially this year. We are so very lucky to have such a hard-working staff team. Thank you to them all.
We have all been delighted at the progress our pupils have made despite missing a term in school and the disruptions that the pandemic has brought, and this is testament to our staff adapting our curriculum, creating engaging learning opportunities, targeted teaching and also to the support that you parents have given your children with their reading, writing and home learning.
I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has given me and the staff encouragement and love. What has warmed my heart is those who have gone to great lengths to think of others less fortunate at this time and help them out. I know it was appreciated by those that needed help and it was a perfect example of one of our school values, CHESED, which runs through our school and reminds our children to show loving, kindness.
I hope that you all have a wonderful break and although not a 'usual' winter break, spend some time with those you love, enjoy your children and have a rest.
I look forward to welcoming you back to school on January 5th at the usual time.
Have a safe, happy, healthy new year and let's hope 2021 brings fun times for us all.
As I communicated this week please remember to use our special firstname.lastname@example.org email address if you need to.
11th December 2020
As we come to the end of another challenging term during this Pandemic I am so proud of the progress that all our pupils have made in their learning and their attitudes. It was really hard for us all to come back to school in September having had such a disruptive year but our children have settled well to the expectations we have of them.
As a Headteacher, this term as not been easy, holding my breath every time a child or member of staff had to go and be tested for Covid, making plans A, B and sometimes C for potential closing of classes, bubbles or even the school has been challenging but we have nearly got through it with limited disruptions to our school life.
Having to cover staff who are off with their own children, isolating, or them waiting for test results has put a huge pressure on us all as a staff team and often we would be coming in to school not knowing which classes needed extra cover for learning, playtimes or lunch time. The staff hear me thank them a lot (via zoom or email at the moment!) but you guys are amazing!- Thank you for helping to keep our school open and being adaptable to whatever is asked of you.
Thank you to you parents for raising much needed funds for our school with your class events this term, we really rely on those PTA events and I know how hard the class reps and PTA have worked to try and have these remote events.
There has been a Chanukah buzz about the place and we really enjoyed lighting our special menorah this morning in our Kabbalat Shabbat. We have some wonderful Chanukah activities planned for next week and I look forward to sharing them with you.
As we celebrate the story of Chanukah and remember the story of Judah Maccabee being a real hero, we have been surrounded by many heroes over the last year. Rabbi Celia shared with us during our Kabbalat Shabbat service, this morning, that each night of Chanukah she dedicates the extra candle to a hero that inspires her- that is definitely an idea that I will be borrowing for the remaining nights of Chanukah.
Chag Sameach, Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom,
Philip Simon, one of our parents has been producing an online children’s comedy show called School’s Out Comedy Club where children sending jokes for me to perform. You can check it out here: bit.ly/SchoolsOutComedy.
The £6.99 book is available here: https://www.philipsimon.co.uk/product-page/school-s-out-comedy-club-children-s-joke-book
These are being sold to raise profits for FareShare, a charity that helps feed families and vulnerable children. You may have heard of them from the work Marcus Rashford did encouraging the government to continue providing school meals for children.
4th December 2020
It's definitely starting to feel like the festive period is approaching. Walking around the school today hearing children practise Chanukah songs and talk about their winter break plans, makes us all feel cheerful and positive about the time ahead.
This week we had one of our governors come in to school to talk to the children about how they were feeling about being in school. The children expressed their delight at being back to a routine of school and seeing their friends, but it was also understandable to note that some of our children are nervous about Coronovirus and the fear that their relations could possibly contracting the virus. We have put lots in place for pupils to talk about how they feel and our staff are going above and beyond to make sure they support the children and each other in these, still, crazy times.
This week I was delighted to award some of my special stickers to Reception children who have been working so hard on their sounds and constructing sentences. In Year 1 pupils have been learning to use their knowledge of tens and ones in addition sentences. In Year 4 pupils are busy planning non-chronological reports about Olympics. In Year 5 pupils are simplifying fractions and Year 2 are writing and performing their own poems. Well done everyone, some amazing learning!
I would like to wish a warm welcome back to school to Mrs Dani Athersych, who will be joining the Year 3 teaching team.
Thank you to all the parents who have adhered to the new pick up times on a Friday, it has really helped with the traffic coming in and out of Hugo Gryn way.
We were delighted to host a Zoom prospective parents evening last night- please see our two videos under the admission tab on our website.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, Mrs Cohen
27th November 2020
This week was another first as we held zoom parent evening appointments. I hope that you all found them useful and you were able to discuss with your children their achievements and their areas for improvement.
We were nominated for a National award this week at the Education Business Awards in the category of ‘Outstanding Progress in a Primary school’. We were very pleased to be shortlisted to the final 5 schools but sadly didn’t win! Very excited to have got that far though!
All our classes have been really busy as usual.
In EYFS pupils have been really excited about moon and space and have been making their own moon rocks and using them for counting opportunities.
In Year 1 pupils have been making friendship kindness paper chain and working on their handwriting, Year 2 pupils have been writing and performing their own poetry and performing list poems. Year 3 have been fact files and about Cleopatra for their Ancient Egypt topic. Year 4 have been making Olympic crowns. They have also learnt about ‘capacity’ in Maths. Year 5 have made up similes and mataphors about Giants, in their writing and have learnt about Benin- the Artist. In Year 6 they have been learning about Literary heritage.
Sadly we say Goodbye to Ori and Itai this week as they head back to Israel with their families. We will miss you both and hope we can stay in touch and meet your new class mates over zoom in the near future.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
What another busy week at Clore Shalom. On Monday all the children learnt about Diwali. The children learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and were able to retall it or act it out brilliantly. Some classes also listened to Diwali music, made rangoli patterns using coloured rice and made colourful elephants.
This week has also been anti-bullying week. The whole school have been looking at the picture book 'I Walk with Vanessa', a book about a child who was being bullied because of her skin colour.
We have had an extensive anti-bullying week this week with English worked based around the book "I walk with Vanessa" which is a lovely non- word/picture only book about a girl who is picked on because of her race and another child supports her and becomes a friend.
The book focuses on the kindness of a child who stood up for the victim and encouraged others to do the right thing. If you would like to view the book with your child please use the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF1FhV_Bw3w. We have also learnt about the different roles within bullying e.g. ringleader, defender, target, reinforcer, assistant and talked about everyone's responsibilities.
The children had a fantastic lesson working with someone from another class in their bubble. They worked together to create a picture of a playground where nice things are happening or where someone is helping put something right, these will be displayed around school to act as a reminder to all.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Camp Simcha toy drive. We collected an enormous amount of new toys which the charity will be wrapping and distributiong to hospitals over the next few weeks.
It's been a great week this week! Everyone has been working really hard and we are all doing our best work. This week was Armistice Day and we sold a record number of poppies and snap bands raising money for The Royal British Legion. We also had a video assembly, which everyone seemed to like.
This week's staff meeting was focused on 'Resiliance' and how we can support our children to be more resiliant in these challenging times and also with their learning.
A few weeks ago we had the real story of 'The Windrush' as our focus for Black History Week. Please see our photos of our hall displays where pupils work is celebrated.
Thank you so much to the Nursery children for making me pizza. They loved having their pizza party!
Reception children have been learning about animals and doing lots of messy play with spaghetti, shaving foam and paint! Year 1 have worked exceptionally hard in Maths this week. In year 2, Ollie wrote an excellent explanation paragraph about recycling using time conjunctions. Year 5 have been painting their own poppies an learning about WWI.
Welcome back after the half term break. It has certainly been a busy week as usual here at school and although the country is in lockdown again, we are keen to run as normally as we possibly can (with necessary adaptations, of course!).
This week we have welcomed our new Informal Jewish Educator, Isabel Bard, who has settled into Clore life really well. We hope she will be very happy here.
In Nursery this week, they have been linking their phonic sounds to the sounds of the fireworks. Reception have been making mezuzot. In Year 6 they have been making models of their Flanimals and Year 5 have been writing their own creative descriptions.
We hope you enjoy our Clore promotional videos which we have made in place of our prospective parents events.
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.
We can’t believe we have reached the end of this half term. It has been an interesting and challenging half term for us all, however as a whole school community we have embraced the adaptations and settled back in fantastically well. I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support, it has made a real difference to the way that we have been able to get children back into the routines and expectations of school.
This week we would like to congratulate the house point champions for this half term:
Y1-Lily and Mia J
Y4-Kara and Sophia
We are very proud to announce this years school council:
Y1- Jessica and Rafi
Y2- Leo B and Sophie L
Y3-Ori and Jamie
Y4-Emily and AJ
Y5- Ethan M and Mia
Y6- Alysia, Samuel, Cooper and Ayelet
We can't wait to hear about your ideas to make our school even better!
Wishing you all a restful, happy half-term break.
It's so lovely to have everyone back in school, where they belong!
This week has been Black History week and we have been learning about ‘The Windrush’ which was a ship that bought Caribbean migrants to Britain. This was such a creative and exciting way to commemorate Black History week and I want to thank Miss L Grant and Miss Baker for inspiring us all to take such a creative and important approach to this subject.
In EYFS, pupils have been learning about Usain Bolt and Jamaica and they have been drawing their own versions of their flags. I was delighted to see some amazing pumpkin hammering and children have been creating their own ‘leaf man’ based on the story book, which they have also been enjoying.
In Year 1, Jessica did some amazing windrush writing and Samuel wrote about what he would like to take with if he was on the Windrush boat.
In Year 6 Pupils have been experimenting with paper mache and using different techniques to make masks. They also spent some time in their English lesson writing speeches to persuade the government to let the Windrush generation stay in the UK.
We were excited to have the Magen David ambulance visit us today, the children loved seeing a real ambulance and some had the chance to go inside. Thank you to Mr Burger for arranging this for us.
I had the opportunity to have a socially distance tea party in the playground today and although we are not baking home made cakes at the moment, it was lovely to celebrate with some chocolate mini-rolls and hear from the tea party attendees how they have been showing CHESED this week.
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!
9th October 2020
This week we have so enjoyed using our sukkah to have our lunch and snacks. Thank you to all the children who made wonderful decorations. We have loved celebrating Sukkot this year. We will be keeping the sukkah up for our Year 4 and Year 5 children on Monday, so they also get a chance to enjoy being in the sukkah.
Today we have been celebrating the festival of Simchat Torah. In Nursery and Reception, the children have been finding out about Israel and looking at maps. They have also made some wonderful flags. Reception have been acting out the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ using story maps.
In Year 1 and Year 2 the children have been making scrolls for Simchat Torah and really enjoying their learning.
Year 3 made made Ancient Egyptian collars and played fraction games! They loved writing their own versions of 'The Magic Box' poems!
Year 6 pupils have been writing diary entries based on the book ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and learnt the Mayan numbers! Ask them to count for you in Mayan!
Year 5 have been writing the most amazing raps and performing and all of our pupils have been working so hard working remotely. Mrs Goldsmith says she has really enjoyed seeing the children on google meet a few times during the day, it has been good fun but she can’t wait to see all her class properly, in school, on Monday!
Year 4 have been writing character descriptions of their own character in Percy Jackson and have written their own introductions. Louis said “he loves google classroom and it’s been really good fun”
We are so proud of all our pupils in Year 4 and Year 5 and our staff who have worked so hard despite being at home. We know it hasn’t been easy for our parents too!
We so look forward to welcoming back our classes on Monday.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom
2nd October 2020
It seems so typical that as we welcome in the festival of Sukkot we are faced with rain and wind!
Rabbi Debbie, from Edgware and Hendon Reform synagogue joined us on our online Kabbalat Shabbat service this morning and she spoke about the need to adapt and change direction according to what’s needed at the specific moment in time and this has been so true this week, with two of our classes having to isolate and adapt swiftly to the way of remote learning.
This week in our remaining classes there has been a hive of activity. In Reception, pupils have learnt about senses and have been walking around the school on a listening walk, making instruments out of junk and made decorations for our sukkah.
Year 3 have performed a ‘school kids’ rap, learnt how to find ¾ of amounts in their Maths lessons and also had such fun dressing up as Tutum Carmen. Year 3 have had a big focus on kindness and making sure they are being good friends.
In Year 1 Leah and Jessica C have written some fantastic poems about Autumn and Mia J and Sophie have made some challah covers.
In Year 2 Sophie L wrote about The Great Fire of London “People were racing down the streets and screeching in horror!” Jonah also wrote about the fire which he thought was petrifying!
In year 6 they have been writing newspaper reports and diary entries and imagined being Mayans and discovered what life was like in this period.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom
25th September 2020
I hope everyone had a sweet and happy new year. This week we have all been extremely busy with our learning.
In Nursery pupils have been learning about Jonah and the big fish. Reception pupils have been busy collecting conkers and then using them for paint printing and counting. In Year 1, pupils have been loving their English lessons, they told me how exciting it was to make dream catchers and write about their favourite (good) dreams. Year 2 children have been learning how to construct story maps of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
In Year 3 pupil have been leaning about life in Ancient Egypt and reading ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Year 4 have settled back to school life really well, and highlights for them this week have included learning about Ancient Greeks and Harry particularly enjoyed his Science lesson about teeth! Year 5 have been focusing on learning how to write non-chronological reports about unicorns and dragons!
We are so pleased that Year 6 can start to carry out some of the responsibilities around the school that our previous year 6 classes have been able to do. Today started with a Y1 buddy time and Year 6 pupils were able to plan some activities for their year 1 buddy over zoom.
This week Mrs Berger and I have been very lucky to join Miss Winwood in interviewing all the Year 6 pupils for their jobs and responsibilities. We were so impressed at the quality of application forms and the answers that were given in our (very) formal interviews. A huge well done must go to all the class for their maturity and support for one another. When we announced the positions all the pupils were genuinely really pleased for one another. We know this Year 6 will rise to all the challenges we give them.
Head Girl Alysia
Deputy Head Girl Ayelet
Head Boy Samuel
Deputy Head Boy Cooper
Meir House Captain Rafi & Danna
Chagall House Captain Oscar H & Lucy
Einstein House Captain Benji & Daisy
Herzl House Captain Talia & Ruby F
Sports Leaders Asher, Evie, Georgia, Brooke
Digital Leaders Oscar K, Seth
Ruach Leaders Josh & Meytal
Learning Leaders Jessie, Marley, Alicia
Buddy Leaders Sophie & Charlotte
Environment Leaders Amber, Rocco, Savannah, Olivia
Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to wish you well over the fast and wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur and look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday at the normal time.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Friday 18th September 2020
Another busy week and I am so proud of the way that everyone has taken to their learning.
This week we have focused on Science and the children have loved investigating, observing and exploring their Science topics that they weren’t able to study last term.
Highlights of my week have included giving out stickers to pupils who have tried hard with their work and making challah with our Nursery children.
We hope you enjoyed the Curriculum zoom evenings. Thank you to all the staff for adapting to this ‘remote’ model.
This week we have been preparing for Rosh Hashana, we have made cards, learnt about what Rosh Hashana is and also heard the shofar (thank you Jonah!) and we thoroughly enjoyed our class zoom Rosh Hashana assembly with Rabbi Celia this morning!
Today your child will go home with a honey bun made lovingly by some of our staff. Thank you to our cake team: Mrs Martin, Mrs Lax, Mrs Sharron, Mrs Goldsmith, Mrs Garfen and Me!
As we go in a new Jewish year we hope that the new year brings us all health and happiness and progress towards being able to socialise and be back to living normally.
I do hope that you find some time to celebrate the new year. Even though we won’t be having large gatherings I hope we can all have meaningful times with our immediate families.
Stay safe and wishing you all L’shana Tova.
Walking around the school this week I have been so impressed at how the children have settled down to school life and how they are responding so well to the high expectations that we have of them. The teachers have worked hard to adapt their lessons to make sure they are able to teach the children at the point where they are. I am sure it will be no time at all until everyone is exactly where they should be.
Playtimes have been particularly enjoyable with less children in the playground as usual and there are definitely some ‘covid’ adaptations that we will consider keeping!
Today we tried a Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat and it worked out really well. It was so lovely to be ‘virtually’ together. The teachers had the opportunity to award ‘Special Mentions’ to members of their class and we celebrated birthdays too!
We are really lucky that Ms Allen and Mrs Rathbone have joined us as mid-day supervisors, they have been an enormous help with our 4 lunch shifts and making sure that our pupils are happy at lunch time. Our new caretaker, Daniel Winston, has definitely made his mark, turning his hand at everything from making sure the sanitising gel dispensers are full to constructing a music stand, out of pallets and, as I am sure you have seen, also helping direct the traffic at the end of the day.
Thank you for being patient with us with our new collection arrangements, I hope you have found them quicker and easier this week.
Please be reminded that it is now against the law to have any parties or social gatherings with more than 6 people. I am sure that if your child has a missed birthday party, this may be disappointing but we will still acknowledge their birthday here in school.
We look forward to you joining us for our Zoom ‘Curriculum Evenings’ this week. We would appreciate it if you joined the meeting at your specific time as we are using one zoom account for 4 meetings during the two evenings.
This week, homework will be uploaded to Google Classrooms(see letter) and also our class blogs. Please make sure your child is able to log on. If there any problems please do not worry we will sort it out.
We are slowly getting back to life as we know it at Clore and it feels great!
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and a restful weekend.
Welcome back to school everyone!
The sound of happy children and teachers teaching fill our corridors once again! We have been delighted to see everyone return to school and eager to learn, play and be with their friends (including our staff!). We started the week with two days of inset where the staff worked hard to plan and adjust their curriculum, make their classrooms inviting and engaging and get their heads around some of the latest government guidance.
We were all so happy to open our drive thru once again on Thursday, and see many of our pupils skipping in to school ready to learn and have structure and routine in their lives once again. Today we ran four Kabbalat Shabbat assemblies and enjoyed marking the beginning of Shabbat and being together again albeit in our paired year group bubbles. Although we are unable to include parents in our assemblies at the moment, the children enjoyed singing songs and sharing birthdays. There are many 'Clore' traditions that we are trying to adapt so that our pupils don't lose out and that we can still carry on in our 'bubbles'. We will be still awarding 'Special Mentions' certificates and have attendees at 'Celebration Tea' next week.
Thank you for your patience during pick up, we are reviewing and adapting our procedures continually and we are fully aware of the parking and collection issues. Please help us and each other by parking your cars in the direction of the main road to ease for exit.
We are excited about the term ahead but obviously cautious about the ever-changing picture of lockdowns and isolation issues. We will be sending some important information out next week regarding what we will be doing with regard to remote learning if you child/children have to isolate or if we have a local or country lockdown once again.
I am so happy to be leading our wonderful school, once again and although we don't know what the near future will hold we are determined to continue to 'Engage' and 'Inspire' our pupils and help them 'Achieve' all they can.
Shabbat Shalom and have a good weekend.
20th March 2020
This has been without doubt one of the most challenging weeks of my career, thankfully made a little easier being part of our wonderful community. The children, who despite their innocence have had such strength to carry on regardless, even making sure that their neatest writing was in their exercise books this afternoon. My wonderful staff, have been incredible, they have tried throughout this week to deliver, as ever the highest quality of teaching, with the children's well-being at the forefront of all they do. Thank you to you, our parents who have been showering us with supportive emails, letters, empathy and good wishes. My headteacher friends have been invaluable, without them to share ideas, best courses of action and a well- needed laugh or two, have helped to navigate through this crazy time.
You have all given me the strength to steer our beloved school through this difficult time and I hope we can be together physically soon.
Enjoy this time with your families, be safe and well,
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
13th March 2020
Last week was International Women's day and it was interesting that the theme of IWD was "Each for equal-We are all parts of a whole.” Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. This can be said for everyone. We all need to take responsibility to make a difference in the world in which we live. This led me to thinking about the Purim story which we heard this week, Queen Esther, despite putting her own life at risk, stood up to the King and declared, proudly that she was Jewish and that she along with all the Jews should be allowed to live equally with the rest of the kingdom!
All of us have to be brave in these strange and unpredictable times of disease and germs. We must make sure we share responsibilities to make a difference in the world, to look after ourselves and others and make sure that we are making sensible decisions for our loved ones. We must remember to check in on our older relations, even if that means through telephoning or face-timing. We also need to make sure that whilst informing our children of the safety precautions we are not scaring them.
A big well done to Year 4 who presented the most amazing Purim show this week!
Have a safe and healthy weekend, Shabbat Shalom. Mrs Cohen
This week Year 6 visited the civic centre in Borehamwood and participated in a special event to educate Year 6 and Year 7 about understanding politics. They learnt about what the council does, how the whole electoral system works and had the opportunity. They even had a mock election and met the Hertsmere councillor Morris Bright MBE. All of our Year 6 pupils made the most of this opportunity and represented our school so well. Thank you to Miss Winwood and Mrs Lax for taking them.
Year 6 girls also did us proud this week, representing our school in the Maccabi Netball tournament, they played so well and we are really proud of how they have improved this year.
Our key stage 2 gymnastics team completed in the Hertsmere school sports partnership making it to get to the finals, coming second. Our key stage 1 team also did extremely well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We have spent a lot of time talking to children about thorough hand washing and hygeine, please ensure these messages and carried through at home.
Have a good weekend and shabbat shalom, Mrs Cohen
Friday 28th February 2020
Welcome back to the second half of Spring term- which is ironic considering how much snow and rain we have had this week!
We started the week with some inspirational assemblies from Jonny Benjamin MBE who spoke to the children about it being ok to not be ok. Huge thanks to Jonny for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us- we always love seeing you!
Everyone has worked really hard this week. Year 6 had an ‘no pens’ day on Thursday when they had to complete all learning tasks using other methods of recording their ideas!
We also had a successful bingo evening for the parents run by the PTA. Huge thanks go to them for their hard work and brilliant organisation in running the event- it was enjoyed by all!
Lastly we have been holding a parent governor election this week, I am hugely grateful to the three candidates Neil Rosen, Michelle Janes and Jackie Forster for putting themselves forward to stand as parent governors. Whatever the outcome of the voting, am so proud and pleased that we have three candidates that have so much to offer our school and who want to contribute to the strategic development of the next stage of our school. We will announce the result on Monday.
We are still looking for volunteers to help run our library at lunch time, please contact me if you are available.
Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend, Mrs Cohen
14th February 2020
Wow! What a week! We are all so proud of the whole Clore community for a fantastic Ofsted report. Huge thanks to the whole team and our wonderful pupils. Thank you to all the parents that have written in and sent lovely things for us all to enjoy!
See some great press coverage below!
This week we have celebrated children’s mental health week through our 'Feeling Good Week'. The children have taken part in a variety of activities including lessons on feelings and managing strong emotions, daily mindfulness activities and some enrichment sessions which were designed to remind the children of different things they can do to feel good. We have also painted rocks in response to the book “Only One You” which all classes have worked on in English this week. The rocks will then be made into a rock garden which children will be able to access for positive affirmations and another area of the school that will hopefully encourage the children to feel good. ￼
On Wednesday we had Safer Internet Day, we looked at our online reputation, being respectful on line and how we can show our school values on-line as well as off-line.
We were delighted with our girls football team who represented us at the Maccabi Football tournament this week.
Well done to Year 5 on a fantastic assembly this week, you shared some amazing learning and your performance was excellent!
We are ending this half term having had such a wonderful celebratory week. After half term we are back to business making our school even better!
Shabbat Shalom and happy holidays!
7th February 2020
School has continued as usual after last weeks Ofsted inspection and this week as proved as busy as ever. We celebrated 'Inside out day", a new initiative for mental health week. All our pupils and staff wore a piece of clothing inside out to demonstrate that we sometimes don't truly understand how people are feeling on the inside. We are looking forward to continuing our awareness of having good mental health with our 'Feeling Good' week next week.
Huge congratulations to our fabulous year 5 mathematicians, Ayelet, Rafi, Samuel and Evie who came 3rd out of 17 schools in the Maths tournament this week. We are all so proud of you!
We are also proud of our year 3 and 4 football teams who played in the Maccabi football league this week. They wore their Clore Shalom kit with pride and thoroughly enjoyed their matches.
On Monday we will be celebrating Tu B'shavat, the Jewish festival to celebrate the birthday for trees. We will be planting some trees, kindly donated to the school and having a Tu'B'shavat seder where we will be eating a range of delicious fruits!
31st January 2020
A huge thank you to you all for your support and encouragement this week.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
23rd January 2020
We are so proud of all our Art displays up in our school hall, they really showcase our talented artists and the skills that are being taught through Art lessons. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different artists too(see below).
On Tuesday we hosted a training session for staff from four other primary schools and invited Robin Launder, the behaviour buddy https://behaviourbuddy.co.uk to share some of his strategies for helping pupils to retain knowledge. The session was both thought-provoking and also essential for us as educators. Our teachers have already began to use some of his ideas successfully and everyone who attended really enjoyed the session.
Next week we are learning about the Chinese new year and we have a book fair every afternoon next week!
Welcome to 2020!
We have all enjoyed having 'Rockstar' hair today in celebration of kicking off with Times Tables Rockstars! Your child will have a login and a passwords which they can play at home each day! We look forward to announcing who our top times table rockstars are each week! Rock on!
Congratulations to Herzl who won the house prize for last term, they enjoyed a party today and celebrated. Also congratulations to our house point champions(see below).
I want to also take this opportunity to welcome some new members of staff, Mrs Jude Spencer, who will be working as a class teacher in Year 2, Mrs Nicky Bennis, who is teaching Year 3 and Mrs Dee Katz who will be working as a teaching assistant in Year 4. We hope that they enjoy their time at Clore Shalom and feel part of our wonderful team very quickly.
Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom.
We finished the term with a fantastic series of special 'Festival of Lights' showcase concerts for our three key stages. Last night Year 4,5,6 performed songs and narrated stories about Divali, Christmas and Chanukah and entertained us all with the most incredible singing. Although this was a completely new format for our school to come together and perform in a group of 90 we are really proud of the community spirit that they showed.
This morning we have enjoyed a fantastic Shabbat and 'Festival of light' concert from Nursery and Reception children-they shone and we are all so proud of them. We have all also enjoyed a wonderful celebration of diversity with Year 1,2,3 in their fabulous 'Festival of Light' concert this morning. Huge well done to all the staff involved, this was a new event for us and we are so proud of every child and their wonderful performances!
I hope you enjoy reading our termly newsletter which will be emailed out later today.
Lastly I just want to take this opportunity to express my thanks and gratitude to you our children, staff and parents for your contribution that each of you make to ensure this school community is a rather special one.
Happy holidays and Shabbat shalom.
This week Year 3 had a fantastic Ancient Egyptian day, where they all got dressed up and had a visitor and workshop and learnt all about the Ancient Egyptian era and what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians.
Max B told me "I really loved the role play especially when Sloane had to pretend to be one of Pharoah's tasters because in those days people tried to poison the Pharoahs so they needed someone to taste all their food first! I also really likes seeing the tombs, which was quite scary but so interesting!
Year 4 shared with us their wonderful assembly, the highlight of it had to be the model they made of the digestive systems and actually what happens when our body digests food!
On Wednesday two year 6 teams represented our school at the Maccabi Netball competition and were so proud of themselves, winning and drawing in most of the matches that were played.
On Thursday we had our own 'General Election' , Year 6 pupils had researched important information about the 4 main parties and then helped the rest of the school vote. They ran a polling station and worked out exit polls too! The buzz about the general election was absolutely amazing.
"It helped us to understand how difficult it is to make these decisions and how to choose a leader responsibly" Tami
"It was good for our independence to help choices for voting" Rocco
"Our election gave us a taste of how I would voted when I am 18" Levi
"I voted for the Conservative party because I like some of their good ideas such as more money being spent on the NHS" Sophie Li
Yesterday our choir went to Northwood and Pinner Liberal synagogue to entertain the elderly people by singing some Chanukah songs and chatting with them. Our choir was a big hit and everyone enjoyed the visit.
We are so looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at our Chanukah fair and fireworks event at the weekend. Thank you to all those families that sent in a bottle and chocolates for the tombola stall.
Have a lovely weekend! Mrs Cohen
We love Fridays here at Clore Shalom, we really enjoyed welcoming Rabbi Mark Goldsmith from Edgware and Hendon Reform syangogue to our Kabbalat Shabbat service this morning. We are fortunate to have great links with our Rabbis and also always enjoy it when Rabbi Neil and Rabbi Celia also attend our Kabbalat Shabbat celebration assemblies. Shabbat is a time of reflection and as I walked around the school this morning seeing children hard at work, looking at their wonderful work and smelling the delicious challahs baking in the 'Early Years' kitchen I was struck how lucky we are here at Clore Shalom, where eventhough we are a Jewish community school, our children also have the opportunities to learn about the whole world around them and about different religions. This week we learnt about 'Advent' and had an 'Advent' learning day where some of our children experienced making a christingle and writing their own advent promise. We recognised that Christians celebrate advent and many of us now know why advent calendars are significant to the Christmas story.
We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the Israeli scouts from Maccabi Tsiar who spent time with our classes teaching them Chanukah songs and doing some great Chanukah activities as part of their Maccabi Torch Relay.
Everyone is busy practising for our special Chanukah showcase 'Festival of light' and they all sound absolutely incredible-we can't wait!
We hope you are all enjoying this festive time of year and wish you a shabbat shalom.
This week we have seen lots of our parents in school. Thank you to those that came to parents evening this week. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the wonderful work and progress your children have made this year. The excitement from the children when they come in to school the next day to read the notes you leave them on their work is just magical! We look forward to seeing more parents next week at our 'part 2' parents evening.
Today I had the pleasure of hosting a parents coffees morning where we all had discussed a variety of different issues and suggestions, whilst drinking tea and eating cake! Thank you to those parents reps who were able to attend, we so appreciate the opportunity to hear your views about how we can make our school even better and I hope you found the tour around our school informative.
This week Year 4 had a visitor who helped them build an Ancient Greek Temple to the Goddess Athena from just wooden sticks and rubber bands. There was much excitement as the temple was nearly as tall as the ceiling in the hall!
All of our children have been busy practising and singing to prepare for our very special 'Festival of Light' holiday showcase. We can't wait to share it with you in the last week of school.
Well done to the year 5 and year 6 girls football team who played at the Maccabi tournament, they played so well and did not lose any of their games! Well done girls!
Next week we look forward to welcoming our parents to the Year 4 assembly.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Another week as flown by and we haven't let the cold weather affect how hard we are all working. This week we were delighted to host a visit by 'zoolab' for Nursery and Reception children who all loved looking at snakes, spiders and snails and related the patterns and textures that the animals had to their learning in their classroom.
Our Year 5 and 6 boys football team participated in the Maccabi football tournament and played really well, we were so proud of how they conducted themselves and represented our school.
We have had lots of prospective parents look round our school this week and I have been so proud of showing them our wonderful school. We had many comments from our visitors about how exciting the learning looked and how engaged our pupils are in their lessons and I was especially proud of our pupils who also showed our visitors round and spoke so eloquently about our lovely school!
We have started our special 'General Election' project by having our first 'Election' assembly and we look forward to Year 6 pupils preparing interesting information about the main political parties so that we are ready to 'vote' when we hold our own 'general election' on the 12th December.
Welcome back after the half term break. We are all glad that we are back to full weeks and can make the most of every learning opportunity. This week our Year 1 class were very excited to received their siddurs(prayer books) in their special 'Chaggigat Ha Siddur ceremony'. It was lovely to have so many parents join us and be able to pass the new siddur to their children, to represent the passing of Jewish traditions and values to the next generation. Well done Year 1 on using your new siddurs today in Kabbalat Shabbat!
Thank you to our wonderful PTA and sponsors for putting on a successful movie night this week The children really enjoyed watching the films and having their supper at school. The whole evening raised much needed funds for our school. This term we have spent PTA funds on Music resources, books, book corners and stationary, so thank you to you all for supporting this event.
This week the teachers worked with our colleagues from Yavneh Primary and Monksmead and had the opportunity to share good practise and professional discussions about teaching and learning.
On Wednesday the Year 5 and 6 boys football team represented our school in their first inter school match of the year, at Woodlands school. Although we came second(!), the team really enjoyed the experience.
Please join me on Sunday at 10.50am at the war memorial in Shenley to lay our school wreath and to join the Shenley community for the memorial service.
Lastly please note our school library is open every Monday and Wednesday lunch time for children to borrow books. Please discuss with your children their book choices and enjoy them at home.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
This week we have have focused on Anti-Bullying week, Mrs Lax has led some great assemblies and today the children worked in their houses creating portraits inspired by the cubism movement, identifying positive changes they wanted to make to create harmony in their lives!
I always enjoy hosting our celebration tea party where pupils have been rewarded by showing loving kindness. Our staff are on a baking rota and provide the most delicious treats each week.
We have had quite a few governors visiting the school this week, identifying examples of good behaviour and they have been so impressed at how our pupils and staff care for one another.
After half term, we will be sending out information about parents consultation evening and how to book your appointments for the 28th November and 3rd December 2019.
Well done to Meir house for winning this terms house point competition!
I hope you all have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th November at the usual time.
Friday 18th October
We have had another busy week in school this week. On Wednesday morning Years 1 to 6 took part in a model Sukkah making morning. The children worked so hard and created some amazing models which we have enjoyed looking at around the school all week. Lunch in our beautifully decorated Sukkah has been a great success despite the rain.
Our week ended with a fantastic whole school assembly to celebrate Simchat Torah. Rabbi Celia unrolled the Torah for us all to see.
We had a successful fire drill today. All children behaved brilliantly and were extremely sensible during the whole practice, which took us less than two minutes.
Chag Sameach, looking forward to seeing everyone back in school at the normal time on Wednesday morning.
We loved raising money for Young Minds, as we all enjoyed wearing yellow!
This week the sukkah has been built ready for our Sukkot celebrations next week, which include carrying the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah and creating our own mini sukkahs. Thank you to all those children that entered our sukkah decoration competition, we will be announcing the winners very shortly.
We look forward to seeing you all back to school on Wednesday 23rd October, have a lovely weekend and a good yom tov.
We hope you all had a wonderful new year celebration. This week, despite only having a short week, we have all worked extremely hard with our learning. I have loved hearing about Ancient Greeks and Anglo-Saxons from children in Year 4 and Year 5 and have so enjoyed reading the work that pupils have brought to me!
We have also been learning about people from different cultures as this month is Diversity awareness month, and we are all so especially proud of Dina Asher-Smith, the British Athlete, who won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championship in Doha this week. Year 2 know a lot about her and her achievements, as they used their research and writing skills to write information booklets this week.
Next week, we are closing early on Tuesday to celebrate Yom Kippur and will be closed on Wednesday.
Please all remember our Sukkah decorations competition, we are looking forward to receiving waterproof decorations from the children.
Happy New Year-L'shana Tova.
We hope you a have a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing you back to school on Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Another week has flown by! This week the PTA had their AGM and it was quite amazing to hear about the phenomenal success they have had this year in arranging fantastic events enjoyed by all AND raising money for our school. It was a great turn-out and we thank all those that volunteered to join committees for our events. Since the start of term we have spent PTA money on: non-fiction books (that link to our topics), resources to enhance our book corners, Music teaching resources, and playground equipment! We wish our new Chairs of the PTA, Mrs Graham, Ms Allen, Mrs Gilbrey-Philips lots of success in their term of office and thank Mr Bispham and Mrs Landsman for staying on as treasurer and secretary.
I have been inundated this week with children showing me great examples of their writing, everyone is working so hard!
Today we announced which Year 6 pupils were going to take up some of our key positions in our school. After much deliberation by the panel, we are pleased to announce the following:
Tami-House Captain for Herzl
Gabriella-House Captain for Herzl
Coby-House Captain for Chagall
Ruby-House Captain for Chagall
Monty-House Captain for Meir
Eva-House Captain for Meir
Oliver-House Captain for Einstein
Rebecca-House Captain for Einstein
Congratulations to you all. We are especially proud of the whole of Year 6 with the way they have conducted themselves since the beginning of the year. Your focused learning behaviour and support for one another just shows how you are meeting the expectations we all have for you and showing good 'CHESED'!
Wow! What a busy week we have all had. On Monday our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) came to visit our school and really enjoyed seeing the wonderful work the children were doing and meeting some of our staff.
It was great to see so many parents at our Curriculum evening on Tuesday night, I hope you received your class teachers presentations if you were unable to attend.
On Wednesday we were very lucky to have 'Living the Dream' here to run street dance workshops all day, which everyone loved!
Thank you for your support with our 'Healthy Eating in school' initiative, your children have come up with some alternative ideas to celebrate their birthdays including games for wet break times and some playground equipment.
Welcome to a new year at Clore Shalom. We have had a great first week back. The teachers had two days of inset where we identified some further developments to make our school even better!
All the children have made such a positive start to the new term and have settled in to their new classes so well.
Please don't forget to come to our curriculum evening next week where we will share with you our plans for the new year and you will have an opportunity to meet your child's teachers.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.
Happy Holidays to you all.
Thank you to you all for your support this year and I hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Yesterday was one of our highlights of our year. It was wonderful to see our school community come together. The classes performed brilliantly, the Clorefest finalists were great and volunteers ran some fantastic stalls. New additions to the festival this year; 'Gunge the Teacher' and the 'Clore Bake off' were hugely successful. Everywhere I looked people were smiling and having fun. There was a record breaking turnout and in the first time in the history of Clorefest-more food had to be sourced during the afternoon! Lee Raw was our compere and he did a sterling job of steering the afternoons proceedings. The work and effort from the Clorefest committee in putting on the spectacular afternoon was incredible, not only did they raise a lot of money for the school they also helped us to create the spirit and warmth that Clore is known for. Huge thanks to all the CloreFest committee, our generous Sponsors, Zack Isaacs, our volunteers and our Clore families for making this years CloreFest one to remember!
So proud of our Year 6 pupils this week, as they performed 'Annie JR' so well. The singing, dancing and acting was absolutely incredible and we were so pleased to see you all shine.
Last week we had the most amazing sports week...
We started the week with our field events. All the children had great fun, working in their house trying to gather as many points as possible. Years 3-6 also had the opportunity to try archery-which they loved! On Wednesday each class participated in skipping workshops and we had loved learning tricks and ended our day with a skipping performance! On Thursday A-Life came to school and we all loved the circuit training they ran for us (even though Miss Winwood beat me in the burpee competition!) Friday was the highlight of the week for many of us. We were so pleased to welcome the Olympian Marilyn Okoro to school, she inspired us all with her story of perseverance and determination and left us with the notion to "Dream Big!"
We are looking forward to having our Sports Day during the last week of term(email was sent out).
A 'Rocking' Week!
We loved having 'Rocktopus' here on Tuesday. We all contributed to writing our own school sports day song and we can't wait to share it with you next week at Sports Week. Rocktopus also spent time with pairs of classes writing songs about the different sports and PE activities that we do here at Clore Shalom. We loved 'Rocking out!'
The school choir performed brilliantly at the community fundraiser for Barnet hospital and I was so proud of the way each of the pupils behaved and represented the school. Huge thanks to Mrs Benedick for all the singing practises, Mrs Silverman for accompanying the children on the keyboard and to Mrs Globe for helping at the event.
Year 6 went to Kidzania on Thursday and had the most amazing time being 'Capital Radio DJ's', bank clerks, and trying their hand at many other occupations!
Well done to Year 5 and 6 boys who represented our school in the Maccabi Football competition.
We have some exciting Sports week activities planned for next week, pupils can come to school in their PE kit. Please can you make sure they have suncream applied and have a water bottle and hat in school.
Please don't forget to support all our Clore Shalom runners on Sunday at the Maccabi fun run. Mrs Benedick, Mr Thompson and I and some of our wonderful pupils are all going to attempt the 5K! Wish us luck!
Don't forget that we have the Olympian Marilyn Okoro coming to our school next Friday for our Team Super schools event. The children will have an opportunity to have their photo taken with Marilyn and participate in fitness circuits.
We can't wait!
We come to the end of another soggy, yet immensely busy week here at Clore Shalom. There have been some fantastic things happening over the course of the week, and we are all getting excited about some of our upcoming events.
On Tuesday night we welcomed our new Reception and Nursery parents for their initial welcome talk, and opportunity to meet the Early Years Team. The evening and information was very well received, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming in our youngest pupils in September. Thank you to those parents who attended, and our committed staff for facilitating the evening.
Unfortunately the Year 4 Tri-Golf festival on Tuesday afternoon was washed out by the weather! Our Year 4 pupils will now be competing next Tuesday having been entered straight into the partnership finals. Let’s hope they swing smoothly and score lots of points, good luck.
Wednesday was a busy day indeed; Year 2 made the trip out to Southend for the day, visiting the Sea Life Centre, walking along the wet and windy promenade, and travelling along the ‘longest pleasure pier in the world’ on the miniature train. It was an enjoyable, fun and damp day! Many thanks to Mrs Benedick, Mrs Garfen and the other staff and helpers involved in organising the day.
Our Year 3 & 4 footballers participated in the third and final Maccabi football tournament on Wednesday. Both teams acquitted themselves competitively with credit in each of their matches. This year has been a fantastic opportunity for many of these players to get their first experiences of competitive school football, and we have high hopes for them in the future.
To round off the week Year 5 visited the Watford FC dome at the training ground today. They attended a session led by Year 10 pupils from JCOSS, a great time was had by all while they were there.
Well we have been back for a week, and already it feels like the break never happened! There has been so much happening this week, and our pupils have been engaging in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Year 5 spent an action packed 3 days at Gilwell Park, taking part in a wide range of adventurous activities including; rock climbing, archery, free-fall and orienteering. The pupils were impeccably behaved and the staff are incredibly proud of how well they adapted to being away from home and working together to support each other. I would also like to thank those members of staff who gave up their time (and sleep) in organising and facilitating this trip.
You may have seen a large amount of bikes around the playground this week, this is because our Year 6 pupils have been participating in their cycling proficiency training this week. They have had a series of sessions teaching them about how to ride safely on the roads and understanding how they should conduct themselves. They have all had a chance to have their training in the playground, before being taken out to practice these skills on the roads in the surrounding area. They have all done very well!
Wednesday this week was an extremely busy day for many...Year 4 ventured out to the British Museum to learn more about their history topic The Ancient Greeks. They participated in an interactive activity finding different pieces of artwork around the exhibition from the descriptions given on iPads. It was a great day that was enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to Mr Thompson and the other staff and parents who facilitated this trip.
In the afternoon our Girls' football team participated in the third and final Maccabi football tournament of the year. Each time they have participated throughout the year they have improved immensely, and have become a force to be reckoned with in both the local league and other tournaments. They played 5 matches, winning 4 of them, narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-finals. They have been a great credit to the school during their matches, and will be a hard act to follow next year.
Finally Friday has seen our children participating in Shavuot learning activities, being run by the Year 6 pupils. They have planned a range of activities for the other classes to learn more about the upcoming festival of Shavuot, which celebrates the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
Welcome back to the summer term!
This week has seen the start of our competitive sporting events for the term. We had a group of Year 4 pupils competing in a sports partnership tennis tournament at Queens' School. They each competed extremely well, being very determined and playing every match in the right spirit. It was a team event where we played matches against 4 other teams, resulting in a mini league table. We were victorious in each of our matches, meaning that we won the mini league and made it through to the partnership finals later on this half term.
A fantastic achievement for our competitors Asher, Rafi, Ruby and Talia, well done and good luck in the finals!
We also hosted Shenley Primary netball team here on Wednesday and they played against our year 5 and Year 6 teams. We had a great afternoon. Our Year 6 team beat Shenley Primary and their Year 5 team beat ours! We all had a fun afternoon!
Next week we are celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut-don't forget to wear blue and white!
We have loved hosting some of our grandparents this week, for our Pesach sederim. Thank you to those parents who helped Miss Stubbs set up for all the sederim too.
We have had a lovely week this week. Year 2's assembly was a great success and the children performed their parts so well. Thank you to the staff that put so much work in to it and to the parents who managed to source some incredible costumes! We have really enjoyed the start of what we hope will be some glorious Spring weather and hope you have a lovely holiday. Please look for my end of term letter next week with some key information on it together with key term dates. We hope that parents will join us for our end of term assembly next week, please call the office for details.
Thursday 21st March 2019
We have loved celebrating Purim today. Year 6 pupils did such a fantastic job of delivering Purim activities to the whole school. All the children enjoyed making their own Misloah Minot, eating hamantashen, listening to the Megillah and looking fantastic in their Science themed fancy dress! Pumin Sameach!
15th March 2019
The end of another busy week for us here at Clore…with the highlight being a fantastic performance by everyone involved in Year 4’s Purim Play. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the whole class for their commitment to create such a fantastic show, with special thanks to Mr Thompson and Miss Goulding for their creativity, effort and patience in producing it. I am very proud of all of you!
On Monday this week Year 2 ventured across the fields to the De Havilland Aircraft Museum to further their knowledge of aviation over time. Everyone had a fantastic day, learnt a huge amount and saw some amazing aircraft! Thank you to those parents who helped with the trip, and the Year 2 team for arranging an enriching trip for the children.
Thank you to those parents who came to hear more about the Year 1 phonics screening check on Wednesday of this week. As with all statutory tests, the phonics screening ensures that not only are the children developing the basic skills for decoding, but also that we are delivering phonics in an effective way.
Next week promises to be another busy week across the school, with everyone participating in Science Week and participating in a range of science linked activities, as well as our dress up day for Purim on Thursday. Remember that we are linking this into Science Week and would like everyone to come dressed as something science related.
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom
8th March 2019
Well done to our KS1 and KS2 gymnastics team this week. The KS1 team are through to the next round of the tournament with Hertsmere school sports partnership. Year 5/6 Netball team represented our school in the Maccabi tournament this week and played brilliantly!
Huge thank you to all those parents that help in our drive-thru, it makes such a difference to our start of our day and it means our staff can start working with children as soon as they come in. If you see there are not many parents out and you can spare 10 minutes to help we are always grateful.
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom.
15th February 2019
We have had a great half term. Life at Clore is always busy and pupils have a clear expectation of the standard of work and behaviour we expect. We have had many visitors during the half term including Viking Kings, Pharoahs and Saxon Kings, governors and external advisors from the local authority. All our visitors have commented on how well our children behave and how calm our school is, as well as commenting on the wonderful displays and writing in our corridors. Thank you to all the staff this term for giving our children such fantastic learning experiences!
Kabbalat Shabbat services continue to be popular, despite our change of timings, it is the one time in the week where we all come together as a community and share the spirituality of Shabbat and celebrate the achievements of our pupils. Our ‘Chesed’ tea party is much enjoyed by all attendees and the staff take turns to bake for the tea party (some staff members are more competitive than others!).
I have been particularly proud of all our sporting achievements this term and we have competed in many different competitions (see Sports blog, in classes).
We are looking forward to Science week and have got some great activities planned. We are also very excited about our Purim celebrations and Year 4 are working hard on their play. Don’t forget the Purim dress up theme is anything Science related!
Children are enjoying our library and are taking full advantage of our lunch time opening times.
Make sure your children have the correct PE kit in school and they are wearing the correct school uniform, accessories and sensible shoes.
Sadly we have said goodbye and good luck to Mrs Jacqueline Bernard this week, who has been at Clore Shalom for such a long time- we will miss her dearly. After the half term break we welcome Mrs Lorraine Field, our new Office Manager and she and Mrs Mesnick will be working together for the rest of the term to ensure a smooth transition before Mrs Mesnick leaves us in April.
Congratulations to Mrs Emma Caplan who joins the Governing body as a parent governor, we look forward to working with her.
Please make sure you check your children’s class blogs, sports blogs and this one regularly as we have now stopped producing Clore Chronicles.
Wishing you all a lovely half term and Shabbat Shalom
I was especially proud of our Sports teams this week (see Sports blog for reports!). The year 5 team went to Arsenal double club and won the Maths part of the tournament and our girls football team played exceptionally well at the Maccabi football tournament on Wednesday.
Everyone is working hard and the teachers enjoyed an inset given by the Science museum last week. We are very lucky to have some student teachers in school at the moment. Miss Reich(Year 5) is from the University of Hertfordshire and Miss Judah(Year 3) is from Schools Direct Teacher Training. We wish them luck in their studies and we look forward to learning from them too.
Welcome back to a new term and 2019!
We have all made a really great start and the pupils are fully immersed into their new topics and excited about the trips and visitors that the teachers have planned for them. We have some new equipment for the playground and the children are making full use of our new astro-turf too!
Please check out all the class blogs there is some wonderful learning happening in our school!
Happy Holidays to you all.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about our term and our news in 'Clore Chronicles'.
Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!
This week HMI visited our school for a monitoring visit. A big thank you to all the staff for their tremendous hard work this week.
I have seen some brilliant lessons this week, and everyone is enjoying and learning all about their History and Geography topics.
We are so excited that our new astro-turf area is finished and we will be using it during play times and PE lessons. We will be having our official opening ceremony in a few weeks time.
Thank you to you all for your support and good wishes for the HMI visit, I hope to let you know the outcome of the visit very shortly.
We have really enjoyed anti-bullying week this week. The highlight of the week for the children was when they worked in their 'houses' and produced their own videos.
Have a lovely weekend and we hope you get the opportunity to join a remembrance day commemoration ceremony.
Tuesday 9th October
What a busy couple of days we have had...yesterday we were fortunate enough to be able to welcome some very generous individuals to school. We held our official opening ceremonies for both the playground equipment and our new library refurbishment, where we cut a red ribbon and got to show off our facilities to those who donated the money.
We were joined by Mr David Rappaport, who donated the money for our library and a stock of new books. The library has been renamed 'The David and Jane Rappaport Library' to commemorate the donation and in memory of David's wife. He was delighted to meet our pupil representatives, seeing and hearing about their enjoyment of the facility that he has funded fr them. Needless to say we are exceptionally grateful for what he has done for our school, and everyone is very much looking forward to enjoying the library over the coming months and years.
Our other honoured guests were Leigh Renak and Barry Conway, both of whom are trustees from The Oxford and St George's Jewish Youth Trust, a trust that now supports opportunities for Jewish youth to develop physically and socially. The trust provided a grant for us to have the climbing apparatus, goals, play house and refurbishment of the stage under the shelter at the beginning of this year. Those of you that have visited our school this year will have seen these installations, and our pupils are extremely happy with them!
An enormous thank you to both of these donors, as I said to them yesterday, their small actions will have a ripple effect on the opportunities afforded to our pupils for years to come.
Both of these projects were also a prime example of how our pupils have an enormous say in what happens in and around our school. The final design for the library and elements of the playground project were discussed, debated and decided upon by both the School Council, and the wider pupil population.
The other event that was a delight, was today's Year 1 Chaggigat Ha'siddur, where our Year 1 pupils were presented with their very own siddur. This is something that they use on a very regular basis in school, and something that they should ensure that they look after over the coming months and years.
5th October 2018
We have all enjoyed using our brand new library this week and most of our classes have had the opportunity to take out our new books. We are looking forward to our opening ceremony on Monday.
Our newly appointed school council have had their first meeting and have already come up with some more ideas to make our school even better. Good luck to Amber, Jayden, Zac, Sienna, Josh, Billie, Rocco, Ruby, Ethan, Tali, Max and Sofia, Natasha and Sophie.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Thank you to Chase Lodge hospital who have made a generous donation towards our pupil stationary. We are delighted to announce our new Headboy, Jayden and Headgirl Amber along with our house captains-Maya and Gabby, Rafi and Jenna, Sophie and Lola, Aimee and Emily and our sports captains, Zac and Grace. We are sure they will all make excellent role models for our pupils.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach
14th September 2018
We have had such a great start back after the summer holidays! Year 2 travelled to London and went on the London eye and went on a boat on the Thames- a great start to their London topic! Year 3 invited 'Pharoah' in to school and everyone dressed up in 'Ancient Egyptian' costumes and spent the day participating in workshops and learning about life in 'Ancient Egyptian' times. There is a great learning buzz throughout the school and we are all learning how important our new school rules are. Don't forget Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to apply for jobs (see tab) and everyone is invited to enter the 'School rules poster' competition (entries due in Friday 21st September!).
Thank you to all those parents that attended the curriculum evening this week, we hope you found it useful. We look forward to another successful year working with you to support your children in their learning.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy New Year.
7th September 2018
Welcome back to a new school year. We started our week with two inset days where the whole staff team came up with some great ideas on how we can use our new school vision and values throughout our school. One of the ways in which we want to use the school values is to form the basis of our new school rules:
Strive for EXCELLENCE
Challenge yourself to ACHIEVE your best.
Take PRIDE in all you do.
RESPECT everyone and everything
Make positive choices and INSPIRE others
Be thoughtful and INCLUDE others
We also are going to be encouraging pupils to work towards having 'Chesed' qualities.
The hebrew word 'Chesed' has some valuable meanings, two of which are 'loving' and 'kindness' which we feel are really important for our pupils to show in our school and in their lives.
Please design a poster showing our new school rules. Entries to Mrs Cohen by Friday 14th September.
Winner will have their poster published and will receive a voucher.
Wishing you all L'shana Tova and may this year be a sweet and happy year for us all.
Year 6, your version of 'Bugsy' was absolutely brilliant! Huge well done to you all!
Reports went out on Friday and you should all be so proud of yourselves-we certainly are!
This week we have lots going on..watch out for some magic, our flag-a-thon finals and the Year 6 leavers assembly!
29th June 2018
Wow!! What a fantastic sports week we have had this week.
We started off on Monday with field events for Years 1-6, all points earned, throughout the whole week go towards the big 'Sports week' house competition.
On Tuesday we had our whole school sports day and despite the scorching weather all children performed brilliantly! Thanks to all the parents who came and supported their children and took part in the parents race!
On Wednesday we invited Ryan here, a PGA professional golfer who worked hard with years 4,5,6 on their golf swing!
On Thursday we were all excited to meet 'Hoop Guy' who spent the day with us. He led a special assembly and spent time with Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3-he even taught some of the teachers how to hoop!
Today we finished off our week with field events for Nursery and Reception. We will be announcing the winners of the 'Sports week' competition later today.
We have all loved sports week, thank you to Mr Conway for organsing such a fun and active week!
It is the end of another busy week here at Clore Shalom!
This week has seen our Year 5 Pupils enjoy their residential trip to Gilwell Park, taking part in a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities. They have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and actually asked to stay for another night! If you want to see more about their trip head over to their blog. A big thank you to the staff that organised and supported with the trip.
I hope that you have all checked your emails, as you have been sent through details about next week's activities. On the days that your child/ren have an activity please send them to school in their school PE kit. The weather is supposed to be really warm, please apply sun cream and send children in with a hat and water bottle.
Pupils across the school have been learning about healthy living this week, this has included a wide range of information that is engaging them all! The work that they are all doing will be supported by a visiting workshop for all pupils on Tuesday 3rd July.
Finally, this weekend sees the Maccabi Fun Run being held at Allianz Park. Good luck to anyone and everyone who is running and representing our school in any of the distances on the day!
I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Year 6 at their residential last week. They had the most amazing week, sleeping under canvas and learning vital life skills such as making fires, first aid and gutting fish!
Last Friday, we welcomed two early years advisors from Hertfordshire in to school to carry out an external review, they really enjoyed visiting our school and were impressed with the teaching and learning that they saw from our pupils.
The whole school have been using a text called 'Voices In The Park' by Anthony Browne and the children have used this book in their English lessons this week, to create their own versions of the story.
We look forward to welcoming in Year 2 parents tomorrow for the class assembly.
Please remember to send your child in with a hat, water bottle and sun-cream-it's going to be a hot one this week!
25th May 2018
We have had such a busy couple of weeks. Last week the Year 6 pupils completed their SATS papers and we were all exceptionally proud of their attitude and the hard work they showed us.
Everyone has been working hard this week and the teachers have been putting their 'Purple Mash' training to good use through providing interesting and engaging computing lessons for their children.
We hope you all have a lovely half term break.
We have had a great week, this week and have have loved watching our 10 chicks hatch. A big thank you to Mr Wise who gave us all the opportunity to watch the chicks on the live and recorded streams!
Chagall learning was a great success and we all thoroughly enjoyed the many art and cross-curricular oppportunities that this subject enabled us to learn through! Thank you to the PTA for providing the funds to buy all the art resources.
Please make sure that all children have a full PE kit in school.
20th April 2018
The art has continued this week and the children have produced some wonderful 'Chaggall' inspired masterpieces!
We have enjoyed celebrating 'Yom Ha'atzmauot'(Israel's birthday) this week and were delighted that Mrs Jackson returned to school to help us learn some Israeli dances!
Please make sure you send your children with hats and suncream if this wonderful hot weather continues.
Wishing you Shabbat shalom and a lovely weekend.
Welcome back to summer term!
We kicked off this term with our exciting 'Chagall' topic. The children have been writing about Chagall's life as well as creating 'Chagall' inspired masterpieces in their art lessons.
Yesterday was Yom Hashoah (holocaust remembrance day). We welcomed pupils from JCOSS and Lena Rosenberg to school and they performed a fascinating play based on survivors of the holocaust to our Year 6 pupils.
Thank you to those families that have sent in plants for the front of the school-we would be grateful for some more when you do your gardening shopping!
Wishing you all shabbat shalom.
We have had such fun over the last two days with our special Pesach learning days and our sederim. We have especially enjoyed having our grandparents and other relatives to join us for the sederim, where they shared childhood memories of their own sederim with the children.
Thank you to all our visitors that have joined us and also thank you to the parents who have helped get the sederim ready.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our busy term in Clore Chronicles, which was sent out last Friday, and I want to take this opportunity to wish you all Chag sameach and have a wonderful Spring break.
Well done to our winners for our Monarch-a-thon that took place today:
Nursery Jack and Sophie
Reception Sophie, Jaime and Ethan H
Year 1 Kara
Year 2 Bertie and Daisy
Year 3 Charlotte
Year 4 Rebecca and Zoe
Year 5 Rafi and Hope
Year 6 Jasmine C and Kiara
We are coming to the end of our learning about monarchs and Monday sees the 'Monarch-a-thon final', which we are all looking forward to.
We have loved having sports activities with our friends in other classes today for 'Sports relief'!
Please remember to vote for our new parent governor, forms will be sent out on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend.
This afternoon we welcomed author and illustrator Janet Gibbs to school. She is a self-published author who has recently published her first book, Raymond Meets The Queen.
Pupils in Years 2-6 spent time listening to extracts from the book and getting some top tips on the writing process, her inspirations and what it takes to publish a book. We are really grateful to her for visiting us today, and inspiring us to be writers.
Wishing you all a very restful half term. Please see 'Clore Chronicles' for all of our news for the half term and we look forward to seeing you after the break.
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
This week was all about the fruit!
On Wednesday the whole school celebrated Tu Bishvat(new year for the trees) by holding sederim for all our classes. Miss Stubbs combined the traditions of Tu B'shvat with modern technologies, where pupils used ipads to access the service. The day was a great success and some of our children tried new fruits for the first time!
26th January 2018
The Bingo evening was a great success, huge thanks to all who attended and to the fantastic PTA who arranged it. The evening raised £800 we are all extremely grateful for everyone's generosity.
We are so proud of all of our sport teams that have been out representing our school over the last few weeks. We are currently 2nd in the Borehamwood league and we are improving each time we play in the Maccabi sports tournaments.
19th January 2018
We have had a great week, coming to the end of our 'Judith Kerr' unit and all the pupils have produced some fantastic pieces of writing. School has a fantastic learning buzz and its so wonderful to see and hear our children excited about their learning.
The new school meal menu is going down well with the pupils and they have enjoyed the new chicken curry this week.
We are so proud of our three football teams who represented us at the Maccabi Year 5 and Year 6 school football competition, all three teams played superbly with one making it to the finals. We were especially proud of the boys, who showed great sportsmanship and exemplary behaviour and that was why I was pleased to host a special celebration tea for them.
See Sports blog for the match report.
The children have loved playing on our new playground equipment this week, the class that line up brilliantly in the playground at the end of every playtime is awarded extra time on the equipment on a Friday. Today Year 3 and Year 6 had that treat! Well done!
We have all enjoyed our second week studying Judith Kerr books and the children are now starting to use the books as a stimulus for their writing. We can't wait to see the finished articles and the best one in each year group will be sent to Judith Kerr!
We will be shortly be inviting parents to a coffee morning where we will be discussing a first proposal of a new vision statement for the school.
A warm welcome back to you all and a very happy new year. We are sure that 2018 will be successful year for us all.
We kicked off our new term with our 'Judith Kerr' book project. Each class has got a Judith Kerr book to read and study and use as inspiration for their writing. Please check out your classes blogs for more detail.
This week there was great excitement as the new playground equipment is finally finished and from Monday we will all start to enjoy it!
Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen
Chanukah Learning Days
We have had 2 amazing learning days all about Chanukah this week! There have been so many people coming in to run sessions with all the children and teaching them about the story and values surrounding Chanukah. They've been making dreidles, decorating cards, spinning dreidles, singing and creating their own Chanukah songs, becoming part of the Maccabees and lots of other fun activities.
Seasonal Jumper and Christmas Learning Day
We have had a fun day coming to school in our seasonal jumpers with anything from Chanukiahs to reindeer to Darth Vader appearing on festive tops!
We then spent the day learning all about the festival of Christmas we had a vicar come in to talk to us about the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. The day was filled with lots of other fun activities including acting out the nativity story and making Christmas cards.
We are looking forward to having our two Chanukah learning days on Monday and Tuesday.
Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach.
We have been so lucky to have Mr Junkman in school today. The whole school have had music sessions and have learnt how to make instruments out of junk!
A huge thank you to the very generous parent who donated the cost of this exciting activity for all the children to enjoy!
Today saw the finals of our capital city and world geography competition, all pupils had been working hard at home to learn a wide variety of knowledge and finalists had already been decided within each class. Each child was awarded 2 house points for the effort they had gone into learning the information.
The final was a tense affair, where pupils were quizzed in front of their peers. Each child recalled their knowledge fantastically well and should be very proud of their efforts. Many of the finals went into a tie break situation, however there could only be one winner within each year group. Winners were awarded a voucher, a certificate and 20 house points, with the runners up being awarded 10 house points. Well done to everyone for such a fantastic effort over the course of this competition.
What a great last couple of days we have had across the entire school. Yesterday years 1 to 6 had an amazing day at The Science Museum partaking in a range of activities and workshops linked to our whole school topic of Space. Some pupils experienced a moon landing in a 4D experience, while others visualised what it would be like to spend 6 months on the International Space Station in the IMAX theatre.
The feedback from the pupils has been fantastic, and they will be following up this trip with some writing about their experiences throughout the day. A huge thank you to all of the staff and the parents who volunteered to support children on this trip.
While the rest of the school was at The Science Museum, Nursery and Reception had a mobile planetarium visiting the school. Pupils watched different shows inside the planetarium and learnt about the different planets in our solar system.
This morning we had some very special visitors from Boreham Wood Football Club ahead of their 2nd round FA cup match this weekend against Coventry City FC. They brought the FA Cup with them for everyone to see. We had a special assembly for pupils in key stages 1 & 2 where they got to see the trophy, ask questions of the players and management of Boreham Wood FC and have a class photo with the FA Cup. Check out class blogs for your child's class photo!
Remembrance Sunday Service
Last Sunday our school community was well represented at the Shenley all faiths memorial service that was conducted at the war memorial. It was a fantastic opportunity for our local communities to come together to remember and honour those service men and women who have given so much to secure and protect our freedom. As in previous years, we laid a wreath of poppies as a part of this service.
Thank you to those members of our community who represented our school at this event, and a special thanks to Mr Vos for organising our poppy wreath.
Thank you to those parents that attended the 'Ofsted information evening', this week, we were all so appreciative of your tremendous support and faith in us to continue to improve our school.
We have had a fantastic anti-bullying week. The children have had a variety of activities that have included; working together in their houses to produce anti-bulling posters, 'Streetwise' have visited us and have ran sessions on anti-bullying and our Year 6 pupils have led sessions for each of the younger children, which was a great success!
10th November 2017
We are so excited to start playing with some of our new equipment that has arrived this week. We are still waiting for more equipment, which will be fitted by the end of the term. The children will also be able to play with new playground equipment boxes, which are coming soon!
3rd November 2017
We have had such a busy week, after the half term break. Everyone has settled back into school and pupils are working hard in all of their lessons.
This week, Year 5 went out to the Borehamwood schools athletics competition and the Year 5 girls represented our school in the Maccabi Netball competition, where one of our teams came 3rd out 14 schools. Well done!
Next week we have a special learning day on Friday when pupils are learning about the Sikh festival of Bandi Chhor, which we are all looking forward to.
A big thank you to those parents that have helped with the drive-thru rota this week, this has meant that our staff can start working with pupils at the very start of the day.
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.
We will be holding our first house competition of the year on 1st December. This one has a geography focus, and we are encouraging all pupils to learn some different geographical information.
All pupils will have the opportunity to earn house points for their team, by participating in the in class heats (to be held in the week beginning 20th November). Two finalists from each class will then go head to head in a special assembly in front of their peers on Friday 1st December.
See the document below for full details of what pupils in each year group need to learn.
Simchat Torah, 11th October 2017
On Wednesday we had a special Simchat Torah assembly. Our year 6 children helped Miss Stubbs to unroll the whole Torah around the hall and we took the opportunity to have a look at some of the more interesting and important parts of the scroll and showed them on the whiteboard so everyone could see, before rolling it back up to the beginning.
6th October 2017
This week started with Year 3 receiving their siddurim (prayer books) in a special ceremony with their parents and we now look forward to them using their siddurs daily in school. We look forward to Year 2 receiving their siddurim on Monday.
Today we had a Succot learning day, where we welcomed movement workers from RSY and LJY aswell as Rabbi Celia and Rabbi Pete. The children ate their lunch in the sukkah and are able to tell you interesting facts about Succot.
Everyone is working so well, the children are producing some amazing writing, please make sure you look at our corridor displays centred around the work of Roald Dahl.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.
29 September 2017
This week we welcomed a team of Ofsted inspectors into the school.
We are very proud of how the children behaved throughout the visit and how polite and respectful they were to the inspectors. Thank you to the whole school community for your tremendous support this week.
Our Roald Dahl unit is now finished and lots of the excellent pieces of writing have been displayed in the corridor. Please take time to visit the displays when you are next in school to see what the children have been doing in their classes.
Wishing you all well over the fast and Shabbat Shalom
We have had a wonderful day celebrating Rosh Hashannah by having a special assembly and eating apple and honey. We have also celebrated the work of Roald Dahl, above you you will see staff and students all dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl's works. We would like to wish everyone a happy new year.
Shanah tova m'tukah.
Everyone has made a great start to the new year. The staff team spent the day together on Monday, revisiting our school improvement priorities and getting our classrooms ready.
All the children looked very smart as they returned to school on Tuesday and we welcomed our new Nursery children and some new Reception children.
We kicked off this terms learning with our Roald Dahl topic and each class is reading and learning about different Roald Dahl books.
A warm welcome to all of our new staff; Mrs Martin, Mrs Goldsmith, Miss Hackman,Miss Baker and Mrs Brahams, we hope you will all be very happy, here at Clore Shalom.
Thank you to all those parents that attended the curriculum evening on Thursday, we hope you found the evening enjoyable and informative. We have the perfect ingredients for a successful year; supportive parents, dedicated and committed staff and enthusiastic and happy pupils!
Welcome to the new school year. The staff team have been very busy today finalising exciting lessons and organising their classrooms!
We are all very excited to welcome all the children in to school tomorrow morning and looking forward to you joining us for the curriculum evening on Thursday night.
What an incredible end to our year! This week we have enjoyed the most amazing summer fair 'Clore fest', a fantastic Year 6 leavers assembly and a successful visit from our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner.
Please see today's edition of Clore Chronicles for all the news and important dates for next term.
Wishing you all a very restful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you next term!
Shabbat Shalom and thank you Clore Shalom for the most incredible two terms!
CLORE FEST! A SUCCESS!
A huge thank you to all who came to Clore Fest on Sunday. It was so lovely to see so many families enjoying the activities. The centre stage was a big hit with performances from a range of acts including African drum sessions, Clore Choir and the finalists of Clore Fest talent show. A big thank you to the Clore Fest PTA committee, the great comperes Mr Jaffe and Mr Conway, our security volunteers and our sponsors Braverman Kitchens and Chase Lodge.
I am absolutely delighted to announce that a staggering £4,300 was raised from the event!
Well done Clore Community!
This morning we received confirmation of some more fantastic news, thanks to the hard work of Mrs Globe we have achieved a Bronze Schools Games award. This is in recognition of our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport across the last academic year.
Well done to everyone who has represented our school over the course of this year, we are looking forward to going for silver or gold next year!
12th July 2017
Year 6's performance of 'Joseph' last night was absolutely incredible and I am so very proud of every member of the class. I have had many positive comments from parents, visitors and staff after seeing the show. Many people have told me that they thought the show was seamless, the performers confident and talented, the sound production amazing and the singing beautiful, which of course I agree with. However, the comments that have really stood out for me, are the ones about the Clore community pulling together, enjoying the spirit and having the opportunity to celebrate being part of something positive and exciting! Last night I stopped and looked on at our graduating Year 6 class and know they are leaving our school with positive feelings and a strong sense of pride to be part of Clore Shalom school.
6th July 2017
It was so lovely to see so many of you at 'Parents Evening' this week. We took on board your feedback from last time and having books in the classroom, ensured a calm, quiet talking space in the hall for the parent teacher meetings. We were so delighted to hear that many of you were happy with the progress that your child is making and really appreciated the many positive comments we had regarding the changes in the school that we have made.
Year 6 have been busy preparing for their fantastic performance of 'Joseph'. We had an exciting 'Flash mob' during the drive-thru this week and I know we are all in for a treat next week, when they perform it for us. Tickets are on sale through the admin office.
Friday 14th is Non-uniform day for all the children, to raise donations for the CloreFest tombola. (Please no football kits.) Nursery to Year 2 are asked to bring in a box of chocolates and Years 3-6 a bottle of drink. Donations will be collected by the PTA at Drive Through on Friday 14th. Many thanks for your support
30th June 2017
Sports week was a great success!
Children learnt about key sporting events and sporting heroes! The highlight of our week was on Tuesday when we all met gold-winning Olympian Darren Campbell MBE. The children were inspired by him and judging by their performances on Sports Day definitely put his tips for racing in to good practise! Don't forget to pick up your copy of Jewish News, for our feature!
On Wednesday we welcomed our colleagues from HJPS for a staff 'friendly' netball match, which was great fun! The Year 5 football boys also participated in the Maccabi tournament and played well.
Thursday evening we held a new parents information evening for Nursery and Reception parents and had some excellent feedback.
We hope you enjoy reading your child's school report today and look forward to seeing you at parents evening next week.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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'.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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!