Nine graduating twelfth-graders from the ORT Netanya Residential Campus enjoyed a memorable senior experience last February. They spent five days in Germany, highlighted by attendance at a German league football game at Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund.
The students came up with the idea of going to Dortmund, a twin city of Netanya, and worked for months to fund the trip, aided by support from the Society for Advancement of Education.
The seniors – Bar, Ben, David, Idan, Lidor, Maimon, Noam, Orel and Tamir – accompanied by four campus staff members, toured for a few days before reaching Dortmund. In Munich, they sang the “Hatikvah” and unfurled an Israeli flag at the memorial to the eleven Israeli Olympic athletes were massacred in 1972 by terrorists from the Black September organization. In nearby Dachau, the students conducted a moving service in honor of all who had suffered there.
The day of the game, which Dortmund won 1-0, the group were special guests at the Youth Academy of Dortmund.
“We were able to realize our dream of going to Germany as a group,” said Yaakov Tedla, Senior Coordinator at the Residence, “and we had amazing experiences.”
The ORT Netanya Residential Educational Campus was founded in 1968 by the Society for Advancement of Education in Jerusalem and ORT Israel. The boarding school is in the heart of the green, spacious ORT Yad Levovich Educational Village in Netanya.
At the Residence each student is treated as a whole world in themselves and staff believes that personal accompaniment and support is the key to strengthening feelings of personal capability and aspirations for excellence.
The school encourages students to participate in different fields of sport and offers professional tools in a flexible environment adapted to each child. The atmosphere is family-like, warm and pleasant, and the students are accompanied by a professional, dedicated counseling staff who provide personal attention to every student.