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Primary School Newsletter - Winter 2016

Monday 19 December 2016

The newsletter wraps up all of our posts for the first half of the school year!

Letter from the Principal

Dear Friends,

Children and parents alike love the peaceful and warm binational environment pro­vided by our primary school. They embrace the val­ues it nurtures and the friend­ships that cross boundaries of race and culture. But creating and maintaining such a frame­work is tough on many levels - not least of them financial. If tuition fees go too high, parents struggle to justify the added expense, and less well-off parents will simply be discour­aged to send their children to the school. Financial worries and constraints can also put a damper on creativity and affect the morale of the teachers. State support is always grudging, the results of fundraising are inconsistent. So how does one overcome these formidable obstacles? These are chal­lenges that the school principal, and the association as a whole, are trying to overcome, in the ways we address below.

The first semester of the 2016 – 2017 School Year is going very well. Recent national level test results (the Growth & Effectiveness Indices for Schools) have shown that in the 4 subjects measured, the school rose from the 2nd to the 8th percentile in Math, from the 2nd to the 10th percentile in Arabic, from the 2nd to the 6th in Hebrew, and maintained the same good test score in English.

Read on to discover some of the highlights of the year so far. In the mean­time, the December – January holiday period is almost upon is, so we send greetings of the season to all who are celebrating, and best wishes to everyone for a bright and happy 2017 !

Carmella Ferber
Principal of the Primary School

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