Moriah’s principal resigns

September 21, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney’s Moriah College president Stephen Jankelowitz has announced that John Hamey has tendered his resignation and will conclude his role as college principal at the end of 2018.

Moriah principal John Hamey

In an email to the Moriah College community, Stephen Jankelowitz said that “after 16 years in executive roles in schools, including 12 years of leadership at Moriah, John has decided to take some time to concentrate on his own professional renewal. He will be taking his sabbatical leave at the beginning of next year and will be engaging in further study and spending more time with his family before seeking new leadership opportunities.”

Stephen thanked John for serving the College with distinction and exemplary educational vision during his seven years as College Principal and prior to that, as Deputy Principal, Head of High School, and Acting College Principal adding that the College owes John a great debt of gratitude for all that he has done for its students and staff.

During his 12 years at the College John Hamey has been a driving force in establishing programs and practices that support inclusion and diversity and personalised and engaged learning, all of which have set a solid foundation for Moriah’s continued strong performance and success as a leading educational and communal organisation. John’sleadership has fostered a school culture that values both excellence and growth, and he has been instrumental in developing a learning framework that meets the changing educational needs of students.

John is a strong advocate for prioritising Jewish Life & Learning programs that enrich each student’s experience at school, and he has prioritised the development of a first-class sporting program and enhanced Moriah’s commitment to achieving excellence in a range of co-curricular activities. John has been a key supporter for the many experiential programs and activities on offer at Moriah College.

“With Moriah in a strong position as one of the country’s leading independent schools, John feels that now is the right time to pass the baton to a new leader,” said Stephen. “The Board of Directors is committed to our Modern Orthodox Zionist ethos and to ensuring that the College remains true to our mission and vision of helping our students to proudly realise their full potential as Jews, and as Australians, and to providing the highest standard of Jewish and secular education. In that light, the Board of Directors will commence an extensive search for a new College Principal to lead Moriah College, and anticipate attracting significant interest in the position from visionary educational leaders excited to lead Moriah into the next era.”

John Hamey wrote in a statement: “During my 12 years at the College, I have been privileged to hold a range of leadership roles culminating in the last seven years as College Principal. During this time, I have always enjoyed the support of the Moriah College Board of Directors in driving the College’s mission, honouring its ethos and implementing its strategy in providing the highest standard of Jewish and secular education.

Moriah is a uniquely placed institution as one of the largest Jewish Day Schools in the diaspora and, during my tenure, I have come to appreciate that its role extends beyond that of an educational institution. Our school is vital to the continuity and strength of Australian Jewry, and particularly a dynamic and vibrant Jewish community in Sydney. Moriah is currently in a strong position as one of the leading independent schools in Australia and I believe now is the right time to pass the baton to a new leader.”

 

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