Parent eNEWS 22/01/21
This coming week marks two important dates in the communal and international calendars: Mental Health Awareness Shabbat (MHAS) and Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).
This coming Shabbat, Parashat Bo, tells the story of the last three plagues, including the Plague of Darkness, which has resonance with mental health. This year’s theme is “The Impact of the Pandemic”. Living through the ongoing pandemic has affected all our mental health, and this special Shabbat is an opportunity for the entire community to focus on and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. As a school we will be holding various events to support students and families, further details of which can be found in the newsletter. We are here for you – if you need support or know of someone who does, please reach out.
The theme for HMD is “Light in the Darkness”. We will be holding a special series of assemblies on Wednesday for all year groups. In addition to our own events we are partnering with JRoots and Jewish Futures. As with every year, this is a special event. Even with the distance of lockdown, we will come together, virtually, to reflect on this important day.
One cannot help but be moved by the induction of any new President – the sense of history, the ritual, the pomp and ceremony. Yet, like many, watching on an otherwise gloomy Wednesday, I was struck by the majesty of the closing words of Amanda Gorman, the American poet laureate. Those words draw together the two themes of MHAS and HMD. The words resonate and serve as a rallying cry not just for America but for all humanity: “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it”.
May the week ahead be one of light and bravery.
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