Regular Activities

Youth Service
The youth service meets every Shabbat morning throughout the year during term time, and is for everyone in years 8 to 13.  It’s usually a full service with peer led davening and leining.

It is combined with great food and occasional break away educational sessions. We also have CHAT which usually runs during leining and is a girls only session. It focuses on current themes and issues facing Jewish girls.

Bnei Akiva Tribe (BAT) – Ages 7 – 13
The Shabbat afternoon Youth movement!

A Highly-skilled group of leaders will be providing fun activities for years 2 – 9 to enjoy.  Each year group will have their own team of leaders who will be preparing together a fun engaging activity for that age group.

Every other Shabbat afternoon we will be meeting at HGSS to join in our group activity.

Don’t miss out on being part of the Youth movement, looking forward to seeing you soon!

BAT Hadracha Course – Year 10
Would you like your children to be a Madrich/a in the HGSS BAT Youth Movement? If so, this course is compulsory.  Please sign up here.

Lighthouse Years 10 – 13
The official HGSS Youth Leadership course. Maximum 30 participants – places are filling fast. Our speakers this year (still to be finalised) will include founder and CEO of IsraAID, negotiation expert from Harvard University, former Mossad Agent and many more… Every
other Sunday from November-March.  Save the dates. Click here to book your place.

Project Impact – Year 9
Want to help make the world a better place? Join Project IMPACT. Volunteering with elderly, interfaith sessions, working with GIFT, Kisharon and many more!  Starting in January. Credited for Duke of Edinburgh and Yoni Jesner Award. For bookings and more details click here.

The Zone – Years 7 – 8
The Zone is a wonderful informal learning experience for children embarking on their secondary school careers.  At a time when one begins to be exposed to the outside world and can lose touch with the Jewish world around you, the Zone attempts to enhance and maintain the Jewish knowledge of the students whilst making sure they have fun in the process so wish to maintain their Judaic values throughout their life. Informal education is one of the most important parts of all of this, to ensure that the kids can gain as much as possible.

In coming to the Zone, children are taught on a weekly basis in a wide variety of ways through a variety of sessions working through the themes of Jewish Responsibility, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Belief and Israel. We are also delighted to have regular fantastic speakers as well as crazy sessions such as a practical shechitah presentation and making shallot together.  The final part of a regular morning involved showing a variety of movies that highlight certain aspects important to the Judaic world, in our section known as ‘movie and morals’.  Finally, we go on occasional trips to boost the amount of fun that we have together So far, we have only done a Mitzvah day trip to retirement homes, but there’s lots more fun in store in the year ahead!

Of course and most importantly at The Zone we have ‘The Zone’.  This is our break time area where we can relax, play some table tennis and card games as well as eat lots of snacks. It’s truly an educational experience not to be missed. If you’re looking for that something to do on your Sunday morning, this is definitely it! Click here to apply for the Zone Years 7 – 8.

The Zone – Years 9 – 10 GCSE Programme
Religious Studies GCSE class

This is a two year course in preparation for the Religious Studies GCSE examination. This programme is run in partnership with James Howard Education who will provide the classes on a weekday evening. The course focuses on Jewish Studies and also includes the study of Islam as a comparative religion.

Lessons will be taught in an informal and inspiring way, enabling students to learn about their Jewish heritage and Jewish practice whilst also making and maintaining friendships with other Jewish students. There is also an additional benefit of experiencing a ‘real’ GCSE early, and gaining useful tools for study and exam preparation that apply across all subjects.

In addition to the weekly, term-time classes, there will also be optional special Zone trips for all participants together.  The trips will be directly related to what the pupils are studying in order to give them the opportunity to reinforce their learning through hands-on experiences. Click here to enquire.