Charlotte Oliver

A new head, a new era at King Solomon High

By Charlotte Oliver, May 21, 2015

Matthew Slater credits his Catholic upbringing with sparking his love for Jewish education. "The moral code that runs through the two is the same," he says. "I just felt wonderfully at home."

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Royal family members follow Kabbalah

By Charlotte Oliver, May 19, 2015

There are secret kabbalists at Buckingham Palace, according to the head of the Kabbalah Centre in London.

Marcus Weston claimed that members of the royal family were among those who had taken up the ancient Jewish mystical tradition and signed agreements preventing them from talking about it.

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A day of war and peace for VE day at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

Thursday was not just “muck-up day” at JFS.

Before it hit the headlines for flour-filled halls, the school was enjoying something of a time hop, taking its students back to 1945.

To celebrate VE day, 18 Second World War veterans from Ajex (the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) visited to share their stories.

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Hot air at Hasmonean for WJR's Nepal appeal

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

More than 400 Hasmonean pupils raised awareness and money for Nepal on Monday by taking part in a school-wide balloon race for World Jewish Relief.

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How the #studentvoice spoke back and refused to be silenced

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

He said, she said, this happened, that happened. Since news broke that JFS sent home 300 misbehaving pupils, I have heard multiple accounts of how the day unfolded.

Reports that often disagree and end up reducing themselves to squabbles over minute details.

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'Loutish' pupils will face consequences, says JFS head

By Charlotte Oliver, May 12, 2015

The JFS headteacher has pledged that the pupils who led the “loutish and dangerous behaviour” which caused 300 teenagers to be sent home will be dealt with “in the strongest possible way”.

Jonathan Miller said taking the drastic action of removing all of Year 11 from the school premises had been “necessary, if regrettable”.

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Anger as 300 students sent home by JFS over ‘misbehaviour’

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2015

Parents and pupils at JFS have voiced their outrage after more than 300 students were sent home from school on Thursday morning.

According to year 11 pupils, their entire year group was escorted off the school premises earlier today because a “small group had been misbehaving”.

The incident occurred on the day before pupils are due to begin study leave before their GCSEs.

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I’m a Princess and don’t you dare forget it!

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2015

I have long suspected I was a princess, bolstered by my grandmother’s insistences. I felt it in the thin air I breathed, in my irritatingly-picky palate, and in the fact I have never quite managed a good night’s sleep.

“Mother, plump the mattresses!” I shrieked in distress. “I can still feel that sodding pea!”

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Ein Gewinner! (That's German for winner)

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

For many of us, Google Translate may be the closest we get to speaking to a foreigner in their mother tongue.

But not so Jonah Cowen, a language enthusiast and City of London School pupil.

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JFS head: 'We're not trying to put the shutters up'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

It is fair to say that, as a headteacher, you can't be shy. With your name on the door and hundreds of students' futures on the line, you stand as "front of house" to a big operation. The school's successes are your successes and, likewise, its failures are your failures.

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Are there enough places available for every Jewish child?

By Charlotte Oliver, April 23, 2015

We are fast approaching the end of April, several months since the first wave of secondary-school acceptance letters were sent out to year six pupils.

But, while families should be focusing on summer plans and preparing for the next milestone in their children's lives, many are instead finding themselves panicked and confused.

The cause? The mayhem that is the admissions process.

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Nazi 'book-keeper' admits to moral guilt

By Charlotte Oliver, April 22, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has asked for forgiveness as he stands trial for contributing to the murder of at least 30,000 Jews.

Oskar Groening, now aged 93, said he was “morally guilty”, as he appeared before almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives in court in the north German city of Lueneburg on Tuesday.

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'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2015

A former SS guard, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, faces trial today, charged with contributing to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors and relatives of victims have travelled to the north German city of Lueneburg to witness the case against Oskar Groening, now aged 93.

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Planting seeds in schools for family learning

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2015

It is a fear that will strike through the heart of every parent: the day their child comes home with a question they cannot answer.

The risk of this increases around the holidays, when tradition is met with curiosity and the inevitable “why?”

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A Passover Poem

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

I’ll tell you a tale - you may already know,
Of a biblical feat from a long time ago.

The characters are strong, the story snappy,
It may start sad – but hey, ends happy.

First we have Moses, of manly brawn,
Who at first turned up amid bulrush and thorn.

He thought he was Egyptian – but try as he might,
Just couldn’t help but feel he may be Semite.

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Exam boards threaten to drop Hebrew

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

Members of the community are being urged to take exams in Hebrew to save GCSEs and A-levels in the language from being scrapped.

The appeal, from the Board of Deputies, comes after the OCR and AQA exam boards, which offer biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew respectively, announced that both subjects face being axed in 2017 alongside other "non-traditional" languages.

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Writer wins award after rejections

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

A mother who set up her own publishing company after failing to find a publisher for her children's books has won a top literary award.

Jenny Album, 43, from Golders Green, said she was "shocked" to discover her title Tell Me About Heaven, Grandpa Rabbit! had won the gold medal in the Children's Book section of the prize at the Prima Baby Awards.

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Return of a gentleman

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

An El Greco painting looted by the Nazis has been returned to its original owner's family after more than 70 years.

Portrait of a Gentleman belonged to Julius Priester, a Jewish-Austrian industrialist who escaped from Vienna to Mexico in 1938 after his extensive art collection was seized by the Gestapo.

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Poor Ofsted result due to academic decline, not 'tumultuous past'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

Rosh Pinah's "inadequate" Ofsted result came as "no surprise" given the decline in pupils' achievement data since its previous inspection in 2009, but it is not reflective of the school's current circumstance, according to its chairman of governors.

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Get paid to train, offers LSJS

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

A new programme offering would-be teachers the chance to be paid to train has been announced by the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS).

Run by LSJS in partnership with PaJeS and the Jewish Secondary School Consortium (Hasmonean, Immanuel, JFS, King Solomon and Yavneh), the programme will enable those who cannot afford training to become fully qualified Ivrit or Jewish Studies teachers.

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