The girls have been experiencing a fun filled and relaxing summer thus far. With the summer program well under way, it’s been chock full of excitement. The girls all had a blast as they hiked and rappelled in the mountains of Israel, enjoying the scenic route. To top it off, they enjoyed an exciting jeep ride.
The 2014-2015 school year draws to a close at Or Chadash. We’re only saying goodbye to the school year though, not to each other. After a quick visit home, we are all coming back to a transformed campus next week when the summer program begins.
At the closing assembly, the girls were addressed by the deans and principals. They also celebrated each other’s accomplishments as the outstanding students were presented with certificates and gifts for their achievements.
Wednesday eve marked the completion of high school education for our graduating class. This momentous occasion was celebrated in the attendance of the parents, grandparents and, siblings of the graduates as well as the teachers and staff of Or Chadash.
In the lineup of speeches, the girls had the privilege to hear from Rabbi Moshe Tanami, the dean. In his talk, Rabbi Tanami likened Or Chadash to Noah’s Ark. For the years leading up to this moment, the girls were tucked away at Or Chadash surrounded by love and protection, while the world spun rapidly around them. However, now they are leaving Or Chadash for their next stage in life, and they are going out into the whirlpool of the world. Rabbi Tanami bid them much success, and reminded them to take with them the teachings which they received at Or Chadash and to draw strength from them.
The girls are moving out of our rooms, but they will remain in our hearts forever.
Who said life is all about work and no play? They were wrong! The end of the scholastic year is looming and the girls are in the midst of taking their finals and Bagrut exams. They are working mighty hard! So…. it comes as a very welcome respite that the Or Chadash pool was opened this week. After a long day of learning and studying, the girls get to splash their stress away.
Come one come all to the greatest masquerade of all! We enjoyed a night of revelry to complete the excited and happy feelings with Purim in the air. There was a musical performance by our in house talent, a carnival complete with rides, snacks, and prizes, but most of all there was an abundance of laughter to go around.
A breath of fresh air is just what the eighth grade at Or Chadash needed, and it’s precisely what they got. The girls spent a refreshing day soaking up some sun and flexing their walking muscles, in the breathtaking Nesher Park just outside of Haifa.
The girls hiked through woodland area and stopped along the way at scenic lookouts. Up and down the mountains they went but the most exhilarating element to their walk was crossing the hanging bridge which is suspended over a steep valley. The bridge is extremely narrow and long, and it swings as you walk along it. Who knew nature could be so fun?!
The high school girls at Or Chadash were treated to a fun filled day in Haifa. There’s nothing like a day trip during the school year to stir up some excitement and break the monotony. The girls started their adventure at the bowling alley where they competed in leagues and played arcade games. Next, they were off to the go-kart track to do some racing and to cheer each other on.
Spending time together outside the classroom builds camaraderie between the girls and makes the teachers more approachable to the students. In all, the closeness felt between the group was evident in the carefree laughter and high-fives all around.