Moriah: Jankelowitz will not “run from challenge”

June 3, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Following a contested election at its AGM, the Board of Moriah College has welcomed three new directors.

Stephen Jankelowitz addresses the Moriah AGM

Ahead of the AGM, eight nominations were received for five positions on the Board with two of those candidates standing for re-election

The newly elected Board members are:

Ms Teri Esra
Mr Mark Leigh
Mrs Jacqueline Scheinberg

The re-elected Directors are Mr Oliver Freedman and Mrs Rina Michael.

“I am delighted to welcome three new Board members with such diverse skills and depth of experience,” said College President, Stephen Jankelowitz. “I thank them for their interest and willingness to step up, and I look forward to the contribution that they will make to the College.”
In his President’s address, Stephen Jankelowitz said: “In response, to the terrible and devastating fraud we suffered over a 15-year period, some wanted me as College President to write a letter of resignation.
There will always be a segment that holds that view. I felt and still feel very differently. I could not and would not run from the challenge. A challenge that we uncovered during my tenure as President but one that took place over 15 years. I chose to assume responsibility, to lead the fraud response and make sure there was no vacuum in leadership.”
He acknowledged recent community concerns and criticism, reinforcing the school’s commitment to delivering excellent academic outcomes, ensuring quality and inspiring teaching, building a positive education culture, and building confidence in the financial management of the College.

College Principal, Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler said: “I have never seen such dedicated staff who care about the children and go way beyond the call of duty for them. I am humbled to work with such a talented and high calibre group of people.”

Moriah College will reintroduce actual marks, quartile student rankings and subject or task-based rankings in the HSC years

Both Rabbi Smukler and Stephen Jankelowitz reinforced that while Moriah’s academic performance is set to improve, the College is a community school, with inclusive values.

“Make no mistake, Moriah College should be a top 30 school as measured by the SMH HSC rankings, and we will be there again, but we won’t select out the bottom 15% of non-academic students to raise our ranking. That’s not who we are,” said Stephen. “This community value, creating a sense of belonging for all students, is at the heart of the Moriah family and guides our Board decisions. We’re proud of this diversity. Each student at Moriah enriches the experience of the overall community.”

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