Ashfield Girls' High School
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‘Shalom’ from 9T and 9V
On 2nd February the Belfast Telegraph highlighted the remaining Jewish community in Belfast. This was significant for Ashfield Girls’ High School as this was also the day two Year Nine classes visited the only remaining Jewish Synagogue in Northern Ireland. German Jews arrived in Northern Ireland as linen merchants in the 1850’s and at its height there were 1500 members in The Jewish shul (synagogue) in Belfast.
Rabbi David Singer has led the synagogue since March 2013, he knew he wanted to be a Rabbi since the age of eight. He feels called to the challenge of raising the profile of the Jewish community in Belfast and rebuilding it. At present three hundred people in Northern Ireland identify themselves as Jews, however there are only seventy members in the synagogue.
Michael Black gave the girls a guided tour and a very informative talk about the history and key features of the synagogue. We all learned a lot about Jewish synagogue services, festivals, practices and the community. A few of us even discovered hidden talents – being able to blow the Shofar horn. This was a very valuable trip after a series of lessons on Judaism in RS which helped bring the subject to life. We will definitely be planning another visit.
“The guide explained his faith very well and this helped me to understand more about Judaism.” Leah Donaldson 9V
“I loved seeing all the scrolls especially the Torah in the Ark at the front of the synagogue. You can see how important these are to the Jews because they were decorated with silver and velvet and given such a special place!” Courtney Magill 9V
“I thought it was very interesting to learn that they wouldn’t have a service unless they had ten men present, even there were a hundred women.” Beth Gillespie 9T
“I thought it was interesting to see how men and women sit separately. The trip helped me understand better what I had learned in class.” Shakira Baxter 9T
Posted on the: 4th February 2016
Preparing for the Future!
Mock Results day January 2016
For the 3rd Year in succession, pupils in Year 12 were given a taste of what a GCSE Results day would feel like in advance of August. Results were met with a mix of delight, shock and finally worry; with a number of pupils suddenly realising that, whilst they had not achieved their best results, they still had time to improve and change the outcome.
EYE4EDUCATION supported the pupils by providing them with detailed information about the employment market in NI; accessing future careers; financial rewards of careers and selecting a career which would afford them much satisfaction.
Mrs Christy, our very efficient examinations officer and Head of LLW, then provided the pupils with an insight into job applications/interview questions and exemplar answers and guided them through the June examination process.
Finally, using their newly- acquired target booklets pupils set their own targets and action plans for the next 5 months.
August GCSE Results day may now bring more smiles and, hopefully, much success!
Posted on the: 15th January 2016