I am very pleased to be writing the editorial this week. As I am sat in my office, basking in the sunshine, reflecting on the ending of one Jewish year and the opening of the next, alongside the re-start of school.
Two weeks ago when we returned to school I was inspired by how quickly the students took to our new Covid measures, such as lining up in the mornings in their own area and entering the building calmly and safely with their form tutors. I was so taken aback by the sight of columns of students, clearly happy to be back, and I realised I was witnessing history in the making.
One of the main messages that we have been talking to the students about is that of Social Responsibility and the role that each one of us has in looking out for the other. In a few weeks’ time, on Simchat Torah, we will restart the cycle of Torah reading, beginning with the first Parsha Bereshit, Genesis. We will read the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and G-d handing over the responsibility to guard and protect the world to them, the first Humans. The setting swiftly moves on to their children and G-d asking Cain what has happened to his brother Abel and Cain’s famous reply of ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’, the Jewish response to this question is very much “yes”. We are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers and we have a duty and responsibility to ourselves and the wider community to do all we can to protect one another.
I would urge you all to reinforce this positive message of social responsibility. Currently, this means ensuring that your children are maintaining social distancing and not being part of gatherings larger than six. That they are wearing their masks when they are using public transport (all the way home) and indeed whilst they are in the school corridors. We all have our role to play in protecting each other and I am proud to see how well so many of our students are taking to this new world.
I wish you all a Shana Tova U metuka, a happy and sweet new year.
Rabbi H Cohen Deputy Headteacher
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Change Of School Finish Times Please note the following changes to the school finish times: Monday 21 September 2020 (Tzom Gedalia) – Summer Friday finish Friday 2 October 2020 (Erev Succot) – Winter Friday finish Friday 9 October 2020 (Hoshanah Rabbah) – Winter Friday finish
Face Mask Donations We would like to say a big thank you to the following companies that have generously supplied our staff with face masks for use in school:
Jewish Deaf Association (JDA) Oaknorth Protectify Qing Culture and Art Foundation Taiwan