October 2014 Newsletter

October 1st, 2014:A group of Swedish students visited the school. They toured the school, while Mr. Salim Jaber/ Deputy Principal gave them a brief history about the establishment the school. Also, he spoke about the programs that are implemented at the school. After that, they visited and joined two English classes the 11th and 12th grades, where the Swedish students met the Palestinian students and discussed the Palestinian life situation. The Swedish were very pleased and impressed about the visit.

 

October 2nd, 2014:A VIP delegation from the Lutheran Church in Britain visited the school and had a good impression of the programs that we implement at school. The chairman of the group is Rev’d. Torbjørn Holt (the Norwegian rector in London); the vice chair of the group is Rev’d. Michael Persson (the Swedish rector in London). The following were also in attendance with the delegation: Rev’d. Eliza Zikmane (the Latvian pastor in London and working with St Anne’s church of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain in English) and Rev’d. Mark Steadman (is an Anglican in the office of the Bishop of Southwark, ELS works closely with him). Rev Ashraf Tannous explained to them about the church, the programs and activities that the church implements at schools. Mr. Shawki Hawwash the Principal of the school welcomed them. The delegation had a good idea about the educational system of the Lutheran School and church. After that Mr. Salim took the group into a tour at the school and its facilities, where they heard about the different types of programs that the school implements with the students from the 1st grade up to the 12th grade. Moreover they had a brief history about the school and its development through the years.

 

 

October 2nd, 2014: The Student Senate Election: Under the supervision of the administration office and the Election Committee, the school held the election for the student senate on the last two lessons. 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 6th – 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.

 

 

October 9th, 2014:A VIP delegation from The Canadian Lutheran World Relief visited the school and they were welcomed by Dr. Charlie Haddad (the Director of Education), Mr. Shawki Hawwash (the Principal of the school) and Mr. Salim Jaber (the Deputy Principal). The delegation had a good impression about the educational system of the Lutheran School and church. After that Mr. Salim took the group on a tour of the school and its facilities, where they heard about the different types of programs that are implemented with students from 1st grade up to 12th grade. Moreover they had a brief history about the school and its development through the years.

 

October 14th, 2014: A delegation from Xanten, Germany visited the school and they were welcomed by Mr. Shawki Hawwash, the principal and Mr. Salim Jaber, the Deputy Principal. They gave the visitors a brief history about the school, programs, activities, and the educational system implemented at school. The delegation was delighted with all of the schools programs and the good work the school is doing. In addition to the partnership that Beit Sahour Municipality has with the city of Xanten, ELS has a partnership with Xanten School. There is a cultural exchange program between the two schools, where a Palestinian Student from ELS studies for one year at the Xanten school

October 15th, 2014:- An artist from UK visited the school for one day. She taught the students how to draw the upper part of the human body. The Art teacher of the school and the students were very delighted to learn new skills from the visiting teacher. And they and implemented the skills she taught during that class.

 

October 28th, 2014:-  Under the guidance of the Minister of Tourism, The Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans organized an Exhibition in Ush Ghurab /Beit Sahour  emphasizing   the idea “ Buy local, You are in Palestine Not in China ”  for Food and handicrafts. The school was invited to participate in the exhibition by displaying the products that our students do at the Vocational Educational Program: olive wood, ceramics, pottery, painting, drawing, recycled glass, mosaics, handcrafts, carving,metal work, electrical maintenance, cooking,candle-making, drawing, embroidery, household management, painting.and sewing.

 

October 31, 2014:- All 8th grade students from the four Evangelical Lutheran Schools participated in the annual Reformation Day events which were held at Dar al-Kalima School in Bethlehem. During the day, all of the students presented an activity, a power-point presentation, or a play about the Reformation Day and the role Martin Luther played in the church. Pastors, administrators, religion teachers, the YAGM group and other teachers participated with the students in celebrating the Reformation during the day long event and eat lunch together.

October 31, 2014 – The Beit Sahour Choir sang in the Lutheran Redeemer Church, in Old City Jerusalem. They sang beautifully. Some of the people whom heard their beautiful voices were the Bishop; Pastors representing the German, Finish, Dutch, and Arabic congregations; as well as church members from the Ramallah, the Beit Sahour, the Bethlehem, the Beit Jala and the Jerusalem ELCJHL churches.