Septemper Newsletter 2013

Sept. 2, 2013:- The school welcomed 13 3-year-old students in the new Nursery, which opened this scholastic year with the support of many parents. The administration office worked hard on this opening, with the help of DEO and permission from the Ministry of the Social Welfare and Education in Palestine.

Sept. 4, 2013:- A responsible delegation from The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) visited the school and learned much about the work and programs implemented at the school. The main purpose of the visit was for FELM to gain a strong understanding about the Vocational Education Program and the Special Education Program that they support.  Mr. Salim Jaber explained to them about the advantages of these programs and how important they are for the students and school. Moreover, they discussed how to improve the program for the benefit of the school and students. Additionally, Mr. Salim introduced the Special Education Program’s newly hired teacher, who replaced the former teacher after her exit.

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Sept. 19, 2013:- A Swedish group of 12 students and 2 accompanying teachers visited the school. They learned much about the school’s history and programs. They also visited the workshops and the rest of the school. After that, they had the opportunity to sit with the school’s Student Senate and discuss the politics and daily life in Palestine.

Sept. 19, 2013:- The Environmental Club of the school participated in a workshop and a volunteer project hosted by The Environmental Education Centre at Beit Jala (EEC). The 9th grade students completed volunteer work in the Peace Center at Bethlehem for two hours. After that, they viewed films about different environmental subjects concerning the Fiona and Flora and their diversity in Palestine.

Sept. 19, 2013:- The DEO sponsored a Mediation workshop for teachers in the school from 1:30- 4:00 pm. The lecturer explained and discussed how teachers can work with students and support them in dealing with problems they may have with teachers or with other students. Moreover, the teachers had the opportunity to ask questions about the criteria that should be used when choosing students to form a reconciliation committee.

Sept. 20, 2013:- Under the supervision of the DEO, a workshop was held for the Students’ Senates of the four schools. This took place at the School of Hope in Ramallah.  There, the students were able to discuss and put forth a new unified bylaw for all senates at the Lutheran Schools.  The students discussed how to implement it at their respective schools and facilitate their work and activities.

Sept. 21, 2013:- A German group, Diaconate Badtolelz, from the city of Munich visited the school. They learned information about the history of the school and programs that we implement with our students here.  Afterward, they had a tour of the school with Mr. Salim Jaber, who described the programs and activities our students do at school. At the end of the visit, they met Principal Shawqi Hawwash. Together with Mr. Shawqi Hawwash and Mr. Salim Jaber, they discussed how to build a stronger relationship with their school in Germany, so they may more easily send volunteers to join our school as a part of their training at their own school. We have solidified the general lines for this new relationship.

Sept. 22, 2013:- Under his Excellency Dr. Bishop Munib Yunnan, the Lutheran Shepherd Scouts at Beit Sahour arranged an impressive sport event where students from all classes participated in the Yearly Freedom Marathon. The Folklore Dancing Group (Dabkeh) also represented the school by performing three dances in front of an audience which included representatives of the wider Beit Sahour community.

Sept. 23, 2013:- Throughout the First Term, The Environmental Education Centre (EEC) presented a series of visits and activities about Healthy and Organic Food. Students in classes one through six participated at the Evangelical Lutheran School/ Beit Sahour. On this day, lecturers from the EEC once again visited the school and did a lecture about healthy food choices. The lecture included a demonstration of cooking different healthy foods.  Furthermore, they spoke about how to use water in more efficient and sustainable ways.

Sept. 25, 2013:- A music ensemble from Norway called SAY WHAT visited the school and performed for the students during the 20-minute break. The students and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the show. The administration thanked the ensemble and presented them with some gifts to express the school’s appreciation of their presence.

The Student Senate Election: Under the supervision of the administration office and the Election Committee, the school held the election for the student senate. This morning, there was a debate between the 13 candidates. Each candidate gave a presentation in front of the whole student body about his or her election’s program in order to convince the students to elect him or her. After the debate, students from 7th – 12th grade participated in electing their candidates. The election committee then began to distribute the votes using the computer and the LCD in front of the student body. The election went smoothly and achieved its purpose in teaching students about democracy and what it means to practice it.

Sept. 30, 2013: The 3rd grade students visited the EEC Environmental Museum in Beit Jala. The students were accompanied by Miss Hanan, their science teacher, to the Environmental Education Centre (EEC), where they saw different stuffed birds displayed in the museum. The main idea of the visit was to learn about the life of birds and learn how they live in Palestinian areas. Two teachers from the EEC welcomed the group and taught the students about the natural life of birds and other animals living in the area. In the museum, students saw stuffed animals including snakes, foxes, wolves, hyenas, eagles, owls, and sparrows. The teachers gave the students a good idea about which birds were visitors and had immigrated, and which birds were residents at Palestine..