New Principal for Kadimah

July 24, 2014 by Roz Tarszisz
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Auckland’s Kadimah School has appointed Kerry Jenner  as its new Principal. Ms Jenner has extensive experience in both the primary and secondary sectors of education as well as administration and curriculum leadership skills

Kadimah School

Kadimah School

With an impressive academic background, including Masters Honours degrees in both Educational Leadership and Counselling, she is currently completing a Doctorate at the University of Waikato.

Kadimah teacher, Rebecca Pirret recently spent at month in Toronto, Canada training to apply the revolutionary Arrowsmith Program. Its goal is to help children strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning difficulties.

The school is also keen to fill two Jewish roles – one in Hebrew and Jewish studies and one as a Hebrew teacher.

Ian Narev

Ian Narev

Kadimah is the only Jewish  day school remaining in New Zealand although its students  go elsewhere to complete high school. It enjoys a reputation for producing high achievers.

One of Kadimah’s best known alumni is Ian Narev, Managing Director and CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Denise Cohen, the Chair of the school’s Board of Trustees told J-Wire: “In 2011 we finished the year with a roll of 87 children, in 2012 we changed from being a Private School to a State Integrated School where the NZ Govt pays for the general education and the community (ie; parents) fund the Jewish education. It costs $500 for a child to attend Kadimah with a voluntary contribution in addition, of $1,500 – total $2,000 a year. Since the school became more affordable our roll has more than doubled in two years. We now have 180 kids. Proof that if you make Jewish education affordable, the community supports it. We have a reputation for excellence, every year alumni become Head Boy/Head Girl of a school, or Dux or some other achievement. (We only got to Year 8).”

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