Charlotte Oliver

Yavneh's students hit top form — now it's all about sixth form

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

As students laughed and hugged outside Yavneh College, Borehamwood, last Thursday, it was clear the day also belonged to their proud parents, who had no doubt shared in the long spell of revision, stress, and quick-fire exam questions over breakfast and dinner.

Samantha Berman, whose daughter Hollie attained seven A*s and three As, said she was “very proud and very happy”.

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Top marks in his GCSEs - and Oliver didn’t even put pen to paper

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

Oliver Sapier’s mother describes him as a “fighter” – a modest appraisal, given his story of triumph.

Born with a chronic bowel condition, the 16-year-old spent the first years of his life in hospital, where doctors were not sure he would live beyond his second birthday.

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How GCSE students woke up to find themselves in dreamland

By Charlotte Oliver, August 28, 2014

Summer holidays are usually a lesson in lazy days, topping up the tan, and getting up as late as possible.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Results Day is it. After all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anxiously refreshing their computer screens.

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Against the odds: a lesson in willpower

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

Jake Geller never thought he would finish school, let alone go to university, after health issues and learning difficulties sapped his confidence.

But the Prestwich student defied all odds to achieve an A and a B at A-level, and a distinction in BTEC science, securing a place to study geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Meet the A-team

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

You know the feeling: sleepless night, sweaty palms, unprovoked hysteria. It must be Results Day.

Last Thursday's A-level marks came and went in a flurry of brown paper envelopes, delighted students, and one prevalent cry: "We did it!"

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New educational role for Hasmonean Head

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

Rabbi David Meyer, the executive head of Hasmonean High, has announced he will leave the school early next year to take on a new position as executive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).

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When the student becomes the teacher

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

The school bell rings on Monday morning and Ezra Dulberg hurries to class - the fear of lunchtime detention quickening his pace.

Fear that quickly subsides, that is, as soon as Dulberg remembers he is no longer a student at Yavneh College in Borehamwood. Instead, the 22-year-old has returned to his alma mater as a teacher and, from now on, lunchtime detentions are a weapon, not a worry.

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University goes to law over unique library

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

Fears have been raised over the future of the Warburg Institute library, the unique collection founded by a German-Jewish scholar.

The original 80,000-volume library, which included books on art history, science and astrology, was put together by Aby Warburg in the 19th century.

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Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2014

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, who was considered one of the last remaining icons of cinema’s golden age, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

The actress reportedly suffered a stroke at her home in New York in the early hours of the morning.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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National Union of Students votes to boycott Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2014

The National Union of Students has voted to boycott Israel.

At a special meeting on Monday, the NUS national executive committee adopted a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

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Italian job for the Red Sea star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 31, 2014

Claire Lewis, the only woman ever to have managed a Maccabi League football team, has been handed an even bigger job - as marketing director of Italian giants Inter Milan.

"I'm thrilled. It's an honour to be part of such a prestigious club," she said.

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Hendon gets all-day nursery

By Charlotte Oliver, July 31, 2014

A nursery providing full-time childcare will open at Hendon's Beis Hamedrash Nishmas Yisroel Synagogue in September.

Its founder, childminder Tracy Lewis, said the nursery would fill an important need for working mothers by catering for children up to the age of four from 8.30am until 6pm.

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Artist helps survivors to draw on experiences

By Charlotte Oliver, July 31, 2014

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but student artist Gideon Summerfield might consider that estimate modest. Over 10 weeks last summer, Summerfield set himself the challenge of befriending members of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon and then getting their consent to sketch their portraits.

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Warning over child abduction

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Families in Golders Green have been told to take precautions after a stranger attempted to abduct a child on Tuesday - the second incident of its kind in the past week.

According to the community volunteer security patrol, Shomrim, a man tried to persuade an eight-year-old boy into his car by offering to drive him home. The boy ran away.

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Mercury rises as LJCC reaps Fringe benefits

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

What do you get when you mix Freddie Mercury with a neurotic Jewish mother named Rivki Pashinsky and her rabbi son with a childish secret?

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Out of Africa: physical and mental border crossings

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Zebra Crossing
By Meg Vandermerwe
Oneworld, £10.99

After Before
By Jemma Wayne
Legend Press, £7.99

Haunting and multi-layered, Zebra Crossing and After Before are both novels that will linger long in the memory after reading. Fitting perhaps, then, that their protagonists are stalked by shadows of unhappy pasts and uncertain futures.

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Synagogue and kosher shop targeted in French riots

By Charlotte Oliver, July 22, 2014

French ministers have condemned the recent series of antisemitic outbursts in the country, which came to a head on Sunday night when more than 400 people stormed a largely Jewish suburb and attacked a synagogue and kosher supermarket.

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Artist's high-rise piano drop falls flat with residents

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A Turner Prize-nominated artist has been forced to cancel plans to drop a piano from the top of a block of flats after residents complained.

Catherine Yass, 51, wanted to push the instrument from the top of the empty 27-storey Balfron Tower in Poplar, east London, as part of an art project.

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Israel accepts ceasefire deal, Hamas stays silent

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

Israel has agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire deal that will put an end to its air strikes, according to an Israeli official – but Hamas has yet to comment on its position.

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