JFS School Notices 23/04/21
I write this in a week when, despite all the continued restrictions, it really does feel like school is returning back to ‘normal’. We have had Year 11 Drama performances of ‘The Crucible’, as part of the GCSE curriculum, our Year 10 Student Officers have been trained, ready to assume their responsibilities next week, and our exam classes have completed their April assessments.
Walking around school, the sense of education and learning is palpable. Our GCSE, BTEC and A Level students are focussed on the ‘final stretch’ and the Summer Term really is a time for all students to focus on consolidating and developing everything learnt this year with, hopefully, no further interruptions to onsite learning.
In the Jewish calendar, we are in the period of the Omer when we count the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. The intention is that we should grow spiritually each day until we reach the final day on Shavuot with Torah learning, ice-cream and cheesecake! However, I would like to suggest a further idea as to why we count ascending. To count down would have been to know the precise number of days in that first year between Pesach and Shavuot. In many ways this can be seen as providing certainty. Conversely, counting up without knowing the final number suggests a degree of uncertainty. Therefore, counting up demands commitment, greater strength, courage and faith. Counting up demands hope.
The message of the Omer is clear and most relevant to this period of the academic year – Don’t Just Count the Days, Make the Days Count!
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