Colegio Hatikva

• Colegio Hatikva's history has proven that the sustainability of the Jewish community of Barcelona relies on the Jewish identity of kids, as a key factor to avoid assimilation. At the same time, the integration of kids and the Jewish institutions on their social lives is critical.

• These two factors are the basis of the mission of the Hatikva School, which is one of the key institutions that guarantees the continuity of the Jewish community in Barcelona.

• The school was created in 1972, and moved to its current facilities in Valldoreix in 2008. Since then, the main goal is to educate kids with a Jewish identity so they are able to act in a responsible and autonomous way, so they can think, explore and communicate following Jewish values.

Name of SchoolORT Colegio Estrella Toledano
LocationMadrid, Spain
Age rangePreschool, Elementary, Junior High, High School
Students300

Curriculum

• The curriculum is set by the local Ministry of Education and includes teaching of the local language, Catalan.

• Outside of the core curriculum, these subjects are offered:

  • Programming
  • Hebrew and Jewish history
  • Business Management
  • Journalism

Technology Education

•In 5th Grade, students are taught 'Introduction to IT.' This consists of an explanation of the operation and languages of computers as well as 3D design of the class with Tinkercad and block programming with Scratch.

•In 6th Grade, students learn block programming with Scratch and how to create stories and videogames.

•In 7th Grade (1st ESO), students study website creation and are introduced to HTML5 and CSS. They can freely decide the content of their website. Classes are divided into learning the new language and applying it to student projects.

•In 8th Grade (2nd ESO), students are able to create a video game with Unity and start learning the C+ language.

•In 9th Grade (3rd ESO), students are guided through the creation of an app using Java.

•In 10th Grade (4th ESO), students can freely create an app with Java. The app they are left to design must help a group within society.

Jewish Education

•Colegio Hatikva believes that the school is the best time and place to help Jewish students develop a lifelong appreciation of, and connection to, Judaism and “Am Israel”. During the study years, their children emerge as independent, social beings, and the school cherishes the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the Jewish lives of their students.

•The school desires that the students graduate with a mature understanding and appreciation of their heritage. They learn to participate in Jewish customs, to celebrate holidays in the tradition of their ancestors, to relate to co-religionists of all denominations and cultures, and to appreciate Israel’s importance to Jews around the world.

•The school is committed to blending the quest for knowledge with the acquisition of moral character in a way that has practical consequences. The school aspires to produce exceptional students and “A” human beings. Inspired by the deeds of Biblical prophets, the wisdom of Talmudic sages and philosophers, and heroes of all ages, they expect their students and faculty to participate in acts of tzedek (justice) and hesed (Tikun Olam). Together they are building community, one mind at a time.

 

Jewish Studies

•The instructional core of the Jewish Studies program reaches all students throughout their time in school. Students are challenged on a wide range of issues through the study of our foundational texts, Biblical, rabbinic and modern writings. Students analyze, confront, and most importantly, interpret the sacred texts of our tradition. Both the texts' place in history and their meanings and relevancies for the present day are explored. Through interpreting Judaism's core textual legacy, our students become participants in the interpretive tradition.

•Discussions are ground in classical Jewish Text – primarily the Hebrew Bible. The text comes alive as the students are taught to look at them from many different angles. Students learn a methodology; that is, how to apply a multi-varied analysis of situations in and out of a religious context. Seeing a text or an issue from many perspectives, makes for great students, great lawyers, great connectors, and great leaders in every field and endeavor – people able to speak to both sides of a conflict, and bring resolution because they truly understand the many perspectives involved.

 

Hebrew Studies

•Hebrew as a spoken language is used daily in the classrooms. In the nursery and pre-kindergarten classes, Hebrew is used in tefillah (prayer), blessings, music, and holiday study. In pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, Hebrew language is taught throughout the day through simple directions, counting, discussing the weather, learning the names of colors, articles of clothing, and body parts. Songs and finger games introduce Hebrew in a playful and joyous manner. In Primary school, Javerim Be Ivrit is introduced - a curriculum based on creating a visual and oral environment for learning. By the end of 1st grade, children are comfortable reading short stories and prayer. Students study Ivrit b'Ivrit, in which every class is taught in Hebrew.

•Inspiring a spiritual connection to Judaism is central in the elementary grades. A sense of celebration surrounds tefila. Children explore their ideas about God by exploring their own sense of connectedness to the world around them and their place in it. Students take part in tefila every day and a communal tefila becomes central in the older grades. By the 5th grade, students are introduced to the history and culture of Israel through classroom discussion, reading material and projects.

•In Secondary School, the NETA curriculum is taught. This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire, develop, and expand proficiency in and knowledge of Hebrew language, Jewish literature and thought, and the culture of modern Israel. Students in the program follow one of two paths: Hebrew Literature, for students with appropriate language skills, and conversational Hebrew, for students who need to develop and strengthen their language skills before they can master literature.

 

Holidays and Shabbat

•Children are introduced to the basic themes, symbols, and traditions of each holiday. Holiday units are interwoven with art, literacy, and math. Children learn Hebrew words associated with the holidays and develop skills in reciting certain blessings. Songs, craft projects, and school-wide celebrations help bring the holidays to life.

•Shabbat is celebrated every week in the classroom with candle-lighting, tzedaka (giving money to charity), Kiddush, and motzi (prayers over grape juice and Challah). Children learn the connection between Shabbat and the Creation story, and begin to understand the concept of a day of rest. All the kindergarten classes join together on Friday afternoons for gatherings filled with stories, singing, and dancing, providing closure for the week that has passed.

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