“Torah Im Derech Eretz”
- Inspire our children with a love for their Orthodox Jewish Heritage.
- Provide an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment.
- Nurture confidence and self-worth.
- Contribute positively to the wider community.
- Develop the ‘whole’ child.
- Commit to continual improvement.
- Promote close partnerships with parents, governors and the wider community.
- Prepare our pupils for their future as committed Jews.
- Foster a sympathetic understanding of our multicultural society.
- Ensure a healthy, disciplined and caring environment.
- Provide a rich Limmudei Kodesh curriculum.
- Offer many and varied extra-curricular activities and events.
Summary of Spiritual, Moral. Social, Cultural and Community Cohesion
- Spiritual Development is facilitated by : a daily act of Collective worship, our own Jewish Studies Curriculum, show and tell activities to value each other’s opinions, celebration of birthdays and other family events and encouraging a climate of respect
- Moral Development is facilitated by: class and school rules, discussions about right and wrong behaviour, stories with examples of honesty and respect, moral and ethical lessons from Bible stories, the 7 Noahide Laws as a set of moral imperatives, Hillel’s teaching that “What is hateful to you, do not do to others”
- Social development is facilitated by: various charity collections throughout the year, guest speakers, allocation of special responsibilities (e.g. prefects, monitors), class performances and residential trips, our team point system, the principles of Pikuach Nefesh (saving lives) and Tikun Olam (social action such as acts of kindness and charity)
- Cultural development is facilitated by: celebration of Jewish festivals, music from other lands and periods of history, trips to places of cultural interest (e.g. museums and art galleries)
All of the above encourage pupils to appreciate and value the diversity of backgrounds that make up our multicultural society and to show tolerance towards, and have respect for, other people’s feelings, values and beliefs. They have a good understanding of how to be good citizens and play a responsible role in society (e.g. groups visit elderly care homes and participate in civic events such as Holocaust Memorial Day). Visits to the Houses of Parliament and the election of our School Council promote the importance of democracy and pupils are taught the ancient Jewish principle of Dina d’Malchuso Dina – the law of the land is the Law.