To paraphrase the famous Pesach question: why are Jewish schools’ half terms different from all other schools’ half terms?
My two children at Jewish schools have been off, one for almost two weeks and the other for one week, during the two weeks covered by Succot. The rest of the country has been on half term this week.
The problem is this: there was nothing for our children to do. All the holiday schemes are geared to when most schools are off. The Jewish schools might argue that families go to Israel for Succot, but I would suggest that that is a minority — and arguably even smaller in these constrained times.
This gives working parents like me and my husband a major headache in trying to find activities to stop our children becoming couch potatoes. Neither of us has enough leave in the course of a year to take off every school holiday.
Jewish schools do this almost every year — and sometimes more than once. Perhaps someone might like to explain why. I would call on these schools to fall in with the rest of the country, rather than arranging calendars to suit themselves. Linda Symons Muswell Hill, London N10