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Issue 12 September - December 2013

Academic Excellence Expert Pastoral Care Inspiring Jewish Education


A Law to Himself Baruch Baigel, former Head Boy of Immanuel, has been shortlisted for the Law Society Award of Junior Lawyer of the Year. Baruch graduated from Immanuel in 2000, at which point he went off to Yeshiva, before continuing his studies at Cambridge and Harvard. In 2008 he made aliya to Israel, where he now works as an English solicitor at Asserson Law Offices, Israel’s largest English law firm. Notwithstanding his location in Israel he has been recognised as one of England’s top junior lawyers. Baruch has told Slice of Life, i’ll look back very fondly at my Immanuel years and will always be indebted to Immanue and my teachers for providing me with such a solid foundation.

Bless This House Inter-House competition started at Immanuel this term with pupils taking part in 5-a-side football, dodgeball and netball. All pupils had the opportunity to represent their House and many games were very closely contested. The overall winners in Year 7 were Golani, in Year 8 were Givati, in Year 9 were Golani and in Year 10 were Nahal. More House sports are being planned for next term.

Hail To The Chief Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis inspired the pupils, staff and parents of Immanuel College when he attended Wednesday 13th November’s ground-breaking ceremony for the new Beit HaMidrash. Chief Rabbi Mirvis spoke about how we all need to give back to our communities and how we do not need to be famous to make a difference to the world in which we live. This epitomised the spirit of the Atar and Zwillenberg families, who have given generously to fund the construction of the new building so that all might remember sad experiences from the past whilst looking forward to the future with hope. Following his address to the Senior School, the 60 pupils from the Immanuel College Prep School were thrilled to greet the Chief Rabbi, with the Year 2 pupils delighting the Chief Rabbi and guests by singing the Chanukah song Ner li, Ner li. Mr Dormer recalled the words of the College’s founder, the late Lord Jacobovitz, ‘Let my people learn’, as the Immanuel family gathered with the wider Jewish community to mark the beginning of the new Beit HaMidrash.


Maccabi Magic For Girls Netballers

Year 8s Net The District Title

The Immanuel College Year 10, 11 and Senior netball teams travelled to the 2013-14 Maccabi Netball Tournament at JFS on Thursday 7th November. JFS, Yavneh, King Solomon and JCoSS were amongst the schools competing, although Immanuel and JFS were the only schools to have teams in all three age groups.

The Immanuel College Year 8 netball team travelled to Francis Coombe School on Tuesday 12th November to compete in the Year 8 district netball tournament. They overcame teams from Bushey Meads Schoool, Bushey Academy, Westfield School and Francis Coombe School to win the title. Games were fiercely competitive, but Immanuel used their speed and agility to outwit opponents convincingly in all matches.

The Year 11s, featuring Maccabiah Gold medal winner Sophie Cohen at WA, won all their games after dominating with fast attack and effective set plays. As a result they were crowned Maccabi Champions. The victorious squad comprised Sophie Cohen, Nicole Maltz, Rachel Sonn, Rachel Katz, Emma Mendel, Georgia Barnett, Sophie Jarvis and Abi Spanbok

The victorious squad members were Ariella Aaronson, Jemima Strauss, Lara Kay, Orly Hakimian, Isabel Minkoff, Beatrice Ginsburg, Amber Marks, Lucy Jacobs, Tali Blitz and Hannah Goldberg.

The Year 10s fought hard to retain their three-year Maccabi title, but finished as runners-up after losing by one goal to Yavneh in the deciding match. The Year 10 squad was made up of: Danielle Abkin, Amy Lipman, Amy Leigh, Lauren Smith, Rachel Sinyor, Elianne Goodrich, Gina Cesman, Talia Bazini and Lior Carno The Senior team clinched the runners-up spot, losing to JFS in a fast and furious game which saw JFS pull away only in the fourth quarter. The Senior squad comprised Rosie Collins, Zoe Daniels, Sara Goldstein, Rachel Fisch, Yona Greenwood, Nina Lipman and Rebecca Soto

Year 7s Connect With Science On Tuesday 5th November, Year 7 participated in a day of team-building activities run by the company EDT. The three activities that they were tasked with during the day were to build a K’nex tower, to design and build a trebuchet and to construct a crane capable of lifting a lorry. These activities had the purpose of introducing the pupils to, and giving them an appreciation for, the importance of engineering and its role in the world around them, from the cranes they see on building sites to the mobile phone that they own.


New Beginings On a sunny Sunday morning in August, in less than 4 hours, the four former teaching rooms housed in the old G Block Portakabins were removed from site. Through the careful co-ordination of our Facilities Manager, Keith Gould, alongside the appointed contractors, each unit was released from its footings, various winches attached and the unit then hoisted overn 30 feet in the air, before being deposited on a low-loader truck. This having been successfully completed, the next stage was the demolition of the single storey unit housing D5 & D6, otherwise known as the extra Science laboratories. On Wednesday 21st August, a large wrecking unit came on-site and by the end of Thursday 22nd August, nothing remained of the building. The site was levelled and prepared for the construction of Immanuel College’s new building. On Monday 14th October, the initial phase of the construction started, with the installation of the piling rods. As this exciting development progresses, look out for further reports in Slice of Life and on the College’s website.

Kerem Comes To Immanuel On Tuesday 15th October, Immanuel was delighted to welcome the Year 6 classes from Kerem School who came to attend a fun-filled, educational day which incorporated Drama, Art and Jewish Studies. In true Immanuel College family spirit, our Sixth Form Art students pulled out the stops to help their young guests produce a beautiful wall hanging which the Kerem students were able to take back to their school and keep. The Drama Department excelled once again, and in jus under an hour managed to put together a production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’, which was quite an achievement in itself! The Kerem pupils returned well fed and very happy, having experienced traditional Immanuel College hospitality.


Sociology Students Keep Abreast Of Page Three Debate As part of their Media and Gender topics, Sociology students attended an adjournment debate at the House of Commons on the controversial subject of ‘page three’ of The Sun newspaper. The Green Party MP Caroline Lucas presented the case that page three represents an exploitative use of female nudity which is both outdated and inappropriate. The Minister of State for Culture, Ed Vaizey, responded to the debate, ruling out any statutory intervention. Following the very interesting and lively debate, in which Caroline Lucas was reprimanded by the Chair for wearing a ‘Stop Page Three’ T-shirt, the students were given a tour of the House by the parliamentary assistant of Richard Harrington MP. Students were able to watch the media and journalists working in the Lobby of the House.

Immanuel Musicians Make The Grade Congratulations to the following pupils for their excellent music examination results over the summer:

Grade 8 Drums - Daniel Sonn - Merit Grade 5 Singing - Emma Mendel - Merit Grade 4 Singing - Grace Hollis - Distinction Singing - Lucie Robbins - Distinction Grade 3 Singing- Amy Hertz- Merit

Going Underground On 28th August, Aaron Rudolph and a friend completed the Tube Challenge visiting every London Underground station in 1 day-in 19 hours 7 minutes and 15 seconds to raise money for Magen David Adom, the Israeli ambulance service. Aaron had actually had the idea to attempt this for about 4 years and had done a ‘mini-Tube Challenge’ in 2010, where he visited every station in 3 days. However, after finding a friend who was as keen on the Tube as he was, they decided that they were going to do the real thing and began to plan. Half the challenge is making a route and therefore it was no surprise that this took a long time to finalise. Although the starting and ending places seemed quite obvious to them (the 2 most inconvenient stations to get to), there was a lot of change to the route for the middle parts, especially in central London. But finally, they had what they thought was an optimal route and so on the morning of the 28th they were ready to go. After waking up at 3.45am and arriving at Chesham station 15 minutes before the station opened, they set off on the 5.16 train towards Chalfont and Latimer, where they successfully completed their first change of the day to an Amersham train and then began to tick off the rest of the stations. Amazingly, when they arrived at Kenton station, having just run there from Northwick Park (in order to complete the Challenge, you have to run or catch a bus between stations that are far from Central London so as not to go back into London on the same track you left by) they were an amazing half an hour ahead of schedule. They had started well. For the next few hours they managed to maintain this half-hour lead as they covered the entire Western side of the Tube. The Tube had been really convenient and there had been no major delays at all. However, they began to feel quite tired and it was, therefore, amazing when they arrived in Edgware at about 5pm to be greeted by Aaron’s mother and a shwarma! They then continued on to cover the East of the Tube but started to lose their lead at about 7.00 p.m. when covering the Essex part of the Central Line, and by the time they arrived at High Barnet at 10.00 p.m., they were pretty much running exactly to schedule. However, they got very lucky with one train and eventually arrived at Upminster Station at 12.23am, tired but so proud to have been to every station and to have raised almost £900 for an amazing charity.


Staff Are No Mugs At Raising Money For Macmillan On Wednesday 30th October, Immanuel staff enjoyed their first ever Macmillan Coffee morning, a national event whose aim is to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Staff enjoyed coffee and pastries in the convivial surroundings of the Staff room, raising £726.59 for the charity in the process.

Year 10’s Dream Shabbaton The Year 10 Shabbaton took place in the middle of November and was an uplifting experience, with a very special feeling at every activity and every meal. The theme of the Shabbaton was Dreams, which seemed appropriate; the Year 10s have just started their GCSE journey and soon will have to decide what they want to do with their lives. Having returned from ICIT (Immanuel College Israel Trip) only a few months back, it was a great opportunity for the pupils to reflect on the goals that they had set themselves at the end of the trip. The weekend doubled as an ICIT reunion, with most of the madrichim and madrichot from the trip present, not forgetting Israeli tour guide Big Dave. An amazing atmosphere pervaded the weekend and a great time was had by all.

The Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up For Immanuel Mathematics Team After Half Term the College played in the second round match of the Hans Woyda Mathematics competition at home against Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. The Immanuel team consisted of Alex Root, Daniel Berenson, Gavriel Nussbaum and Aaron Rudolph. Once again, they were up against some rather stiff competition, and despite a flying start, and establishing a five-point lead at the half-way point, were overcome by some mathematical brilliance late on. The final score was 38 - 26 to the visitors.

A Level Language Students Come Out To Play On Sunday 6th October, Immanuel’s AS and A2 level students of Spanish attended a production of Federico García Lorca’s classic play ‘La Casa de Bernada Alba’ at the Barons Court Theatre. The students were able to follow the Spanish-language production with impressive ease and thus gain an insight into the play’s main themes of tragedy and repression.

The Immanuel team should be congratulated for their efforts, and particularly for the welcome and warmth they showed to our visitors, and for the immaculate way they represented the College. The competitionis designed to challenge (mission accomplished!) and despite the loss, a great time was had by all. (Photo on cover)

Spanish A level student George Fattal said: ‘seeing the play, one of the many extra-curricular events that the Modern Languages Department organises, has helped us to engage with the recurring cultural themes of Hispanic literature. Not only do these events help us with our A level course but they offer us deep cultural insights and help us to achieve true fluency.’ Two weeks later, on Sunday 20th October, the AS French group attended the production of Moliere’s classic 17th Century comedy ‘L’école des femmes’ at the same venue. The students enjoyed the central themes of the play - the comic aspects of marriage and money - and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.


Teacher’s Ten

This edition ’s Teacher’s Ten have been answered by Miss Helen Lord, Head of Girls’ PE.

1. What is the best thing that has happened to you this week? Having the all-weather pitch opened after the storm! 2. If Hollywood were to make a film of your life, who would play you? Zooey Deschanel (Mr Monaghan says she is crazy!). 3. What do you like best about working at Immanuel College? Obviously, the AMAZING students. 4. What has been your biggest achievement in life? Playing netball for England. 5. Where would you like to visit before you die? Hawaii. 6. Who inspires you? My parents. 7. Which famous person, alive or dead, would you like to have dinner with? Usain Bolt - it would be a quick bite to eat! 8. If you ruled the world, what would you do? Change the weather in the UK 9. What is your favourite dessert? Chocolate brownie. 10. What is your favourite work of art? Monet’s Waterlilies.

Year 7 Unfazed by Phasels Wood October saw the first attempt at combining outdoor pursuits, team-building activities and a rura experience with a cosy, indoor, spiritual, food-filled Shabbaton. As the Year 7s piled off the coaches on Friday 18th October at Phasels Wood, there was excitement at the activities, anticipation at the sight of acres of mud and a gritty determination to make the most of going back to basics. Archery, human table football and problem-solving games got everyone running around and the mud made areas of the site reminiscent of scenes from the First World War. Then, as the sun headed slowly towards the horizon, it was time to wash up and prepare for Shabbat. A kitchen hut was transformed into the Bet Knesset, with posters, lights and mechitsa and as the girls lit the candles, the boys prepared for Kaballat Shabbat. Kiddush and Shabbat dinner in the dining room was an exciting affair with loud songs, games, Divrei Torah and jokes, and then it was time to chill out and calm down as groups played board games, chatted and digested their food. Waking up to fresh air on Shabbat morning, Shacharit was followed by leyning and kiddush. A traditional cholent lunch was followed by the X-Factor, where each of the aliyot was acted out in small groups. After havdala, it was off with the clean Shabbat clothes and back on with muddy boots and jeans. A ton of scrap wood was dragged up the road and crafted into a final-night camp fire, and hot dogs and songs rounded off the evening. After davening, Sunday saw more outdoor activities with climbing, bouncing and scavenging. If the staff could gauge our pupils’ happiness by how much mud they were covered in, all pupils went home extremely happy.


diCorcia Dazzles Photography Students The A Level Photography students recently visited the David Zwirner Gallery in London. The exhibition currently running is called East of Eden by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. The pieces that stood out to many work were diCorcia’s interpretations of Adamand Eve in modern-day society, whilst diCorcia’s ability to use a theme very subtly but effectively is something that the students hope to translate into their later work.


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