Jewish Life and Learning Review 2022
As the only Jewish school in Perth, Carmel School needs to cater for a diverse range of cultural and religious expressions. The Jewish Life and Learning Program (JLLP) is one of the most important aspects of the School. This program defines the depth, breadth, and format of Jewish education that students receive during their time at Carmel School.
The review will explore both the formal and informal opportunities provided to assist students in their exploration of all aspects of Jewish life, from the practice of the religion to cultural activities, Zionism, civic responsibility and community involvement. This review will not in any way change Carmel's ethos and education as a Modern Orthodox Zionist school.
As well as looking at other schools’ Jewish teaching and learning, both in Australia and overseas, we will be seeking the views of a diverse group of people to feed into the review process, including parents, students, teachers, prospective parents and Old Kids of Carmel.
We are proud of our existing program and what it delivers to students. We also understand that as the only Jewish school in Perth, we need to ensure the program suits the evolving nature of how people practice and sustain Jewish continuity. Ensuring we meet the needs of our community is essential if we are to attract and retain a broad cross section of students. As such, our engagement process is designed to understand what, if any, adjustments are needed to be made to the Jewish Life and Learning Program. The purpose of the review is to ensure that in the pursuit of excellence, the Jewish Life and Learning Program is educationally strong, engaging, valuable to the students and their families and satisfies the needs of religiously observant, traditional and more secular families.
The review process will complemented by a parallel review of Jewish educational programs (formal and informal) across Australia, in Israel and best practice globally, to ensure the resulting program, approved and adopted by the Board, will position Carmel as a leader in Jewish education and make the School more attractive to current and prospective parents. I will be leading the educational studies review along with the Director of Jewish Studies, Simon Lawrence.
Professional, impartial and highly experienced consultants have been engaged to facilitate this review process. They will ensure that the SRG includes a diverse range of ages, cultural backgrounds and religious engagement.
You will soon hear from us regarding the opportunities there are for you to engage in the review. Whether this is through joining our Stakeholder Reference Group, answering questions or taking part in a number of other opportunities, we will appreciate your thoughts and feedback.
If you would like to express your interest in joining the Stakeholder Reference Group, please click on this link to the Expression of Interest form. The deadline to submit this Expression of Interest form is 9 June 2022.
An online survey will be released in second semester and a series of workshops will be held. For information on the workshops, please click here.
Please also take the time to read the FAQs and Process Map below and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any other queries.
Have more questions? You are warmly invited to an information and social event on Sunday evening 12 June to meet with me, Board President Mark Majzner and the rest of the Board to learn more about the JL&L review and our plans for increasing student enrolments. Come and have a drink and something to eat with other community members. Please put this in your diary, it is an important opportunity for an open and frank discussion on these important projects to improve our school.
We are looking forward to working together to build on the strengths of our Jewish life and Learning Program and ensure it is the best it can be.
Julie Harris, Principal Simon Lawrence, Director Jewish Studies
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