JFS School Notices 03/12/21
As the newly appointed Headteacher of JFS, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for the warmth of the welcome I have received since taking up the post this week. I have been humbled by the kindness shown and the offers of support. Equally, in meeting your children, I can only say that they are an absolute credit to you. I am hugely impressed by the care and potential that they demonstrate, and I am excited at the prospect of being able to work alongside them for many years ahead.
Acknowledging years past, I know that recent times have been turbulent for JFS but, in a school that is approaching its tercentenary, I have every confidence that its resilience will stand us in good stead. Already well above average, I have no doubt that JFS will soon be one of the highest achieving schools in the entire country, not just in terms of academic outcomes but also as a school that will stand tall as one from which our students lead the fulfilled and happy lives that they so richly deserve. The futures of the children within our care are something that I can promise we will cherish the responsibility of and that we will do everything within our power to nurture.
In joining a school, there is inevitably a period of discovery if justice is to be done to all the hard work that has gone before and, to that end, I would like to thank all those who have been stalwart in their efforts to provide stability at a time when the school needed it most. In terms of what we build going forward, that is something that I very much wish all families to be a part of and I understand how important establishing successful communication is in pursuit of that goal. I aim to make sure that our communication is as effective as possible in the coming weeks and months, and I hope your experience of the school will become ever more positive with each step that we take.
Your hopes for the school, alongside your frustrations, are important for me to hear and with that in mind, I will be in touch shortly to seek your views on a whole range of different aspects of school and community life. As a non-Jewish headteacher, I readily acknowledge everything I need to learn, and I would like to begin by understanding in as much depth as possible what a truly superb Jewish education means to the community.
In the meantime, I would just like to thank you again for your welcome and I promise that the rhetoric of my first communication will always be supported by actions in subsequent communications. I am looking forward to working with you and I wish both you and your family the very best at this special time of year.
Dr David Moody
Parashat Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1–44:17)
Always find virtues in others. In this week’s Torah portion, in the story of Joseph, interpreter of dreams and Pharaoh, we see how Joseph attributed his success in decoding dreams to Hashem. His humility demonstrated that, although he had a real skill in dream interpretation he realised that he could not do so without help from a higher source.
Pharaoh noticed this small positive aspect in Joseph’s character and extrapolated it to see the good on a large scale. This should be our model in viewing people – keep finding minor strengths and good qualities in others and feed that back to them. This will, in turn, build another’s self-esteem. Whilst it is healthy for people to overcome their weaknesses and faults, the main emphasis for most people should be on their strengths.
Look on others in a favourable light, spread the light and enjoy the light of Shabbat Chanukah.
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