Schools shine brightly – The Australian Jewish News


Masada College

Masada College moved up 45 places in a year in the NSW HSC School Rankings to 68th place, its students Aiden Bergheim, Kevin Lin and Ilana Stitz made the HSC All Rounders 2021 Achievement List, and 53% of Masada’s class of 2021 made the HSC Distinguished List of Honorees.

Congratulating the students on their results and achievements, college principal Mira Hasofer said they “have met the unprecedented challenges of 2020 and 2021 in their stride and have grown into confident and capable young men and women.”

“Not only did this cohort spend weeks learning online during their pre-school, but they also endured long online learnings during their HSC year, and embraced their inner strength, made up their minds to succeed, and reached his personal best.”

Masada’s dux was Kevin Lin, who earned an ATAR of 99.70. He joined the school in 10th grade and believes his experienced and passionate teachers have made a huge difference in his education.

“I am very grateful for how the college has supported 12th graders during COVID, and thank my teachers for their support and dedication,” said Lin, who plans to study finance at university. This year.

Masada was delighted to see 31% of its students achieve an ATAR above 90, and proud of the success of two HSC Accelerators – Shir Goodwin (year 11, 2021) who achieved a Band 6 result in Modern Hebrew, and Stanley Liu ( 10th year 2021) who obtained an E4 (equivalent band 6) in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2.

“Aside from the group ranking, we are also proud of all of our students who have strived to achieve success,” Hasofer said, adding that this reaffirms the college’s place as “an outstanding and independent Jewish day school unique in the world.” its ability to help students of all backgrounds and skills to achieve excellent academic results”.

Emmanuel School

Emanuel School’s class of 2021 “exceeded expectations in the shadow of the COVID pandemic,” said principal Andrew Watt, adding their “resilience and perseverance” throughout their learning journey to distance, and the extended preparation for the HSC exams “has been impressive”.

“That ability to work independently in difficult conditions is a highly prized mindset and skill that they will take with them into their future,” he said.

Emanuel celebrated four HSC All-Round Achievers – Lara King, Jessica Lowy, Ruben Mihalovich and Jordan Stein.

Liam Engler ranked an impressive fourth in the state for Modern Hebrew Continuators.

Guy Rein made Emanuel School history with his Music Composition 2 and Music Extension Performance selected for ENCORE.

Almost half of the cohort achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher, 30% achieved 95+ and 8% received an ATAR of 98 or higher.

The school ranked 36th in the state and sixth for non-selective coeducational schools, thanks to strong cohort results.

Emanuel School dux Jordan Stein.

“While many students excelled, it’s equally important to recognize those who gave their best, regardless of their level,” Watt said.

“We share their pride in their HSC results.”

He added: “Emanuel’s teaching staff share the honors with the class of 2021, as heroes of this journey, thanks to their commitment to preparing and delivering engaging lessons – online and in person – and to providing a emotional and academic support.”

Emanuel School dux, Jordan Stein, who received an ATAR of 99.50, said: “Despite the many challenges we have faced over our past few years due to the pandemic, my teachers have risen to the occasion. and acted as resolute role models of determination, resilience and adaptability. .

“They always cheered us on from the sidelines of the race to our 13-year-old finish line.

“I think my HSC results reflect my new understanding of the power of this mindset.”

Kesser Torah College

Kesser Torah College (KTC) students achieved outstanding results in 2021, with 70% earning a spot on the Distinguished Honors List, 35% earning an ATAR placing them in the top 10% in the state, and 53% earning a ATAR over 80.

KTC students have particularly excelled in subjects such as extension and advanced level of mathematics, advanced English, visual arts, legal studies and Hebrew.

The college’s principal, Roy Steinman, wished the class of 2021 mazal tov their achievements and also thanked the teachers at the school for their “extraordinary dedication and professionalism”.

KTC dux Shoshana Spielman.

Of KTC’s top performing students, Steinman added, “Significantly, most of them will go on to graduate studies in religious and secular learning, at selected world-class institutions around the world.

“We thank them for their leadership and contribution to the College.

“I wish them ‘hatzlacha’ [good luck in Hebrew] for their continued travels.

Shoshana Spielman — known to friends and teachers as “Shani” — was KTC’s dux and girls’ school captain of 2021.

Spielman earned an ATAR of 98.95 and topped the state in Classical Hebrew Continuators and Classical Hebrew Extension.

Kovi Gestetner, Chaim Groner, Shira Eisenberg and Fraida Feldman are other KTC Top Achievers who have achieved official “State Placement” in one or more subjects.

Spielman thinks the keys to success are “loving what you do, and also keeping a clear picture of what the end goal is, and not stressing out too much.”

“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me,” she added.

Steinman said Spielman “approached everything she did with keen focus and a sense of purpose, and we thank her for her leadership.”

“Along with the 2021 Girls Vice-Captain, Rivka Niasoff, she has had an incredible impact, establishing a very high level of personal engagement with each student and helping to organize a number of very meaningful and impressive programs.”

Moriah College

Encouraged and supported by their teachers, Moriah College’s Grade 12 students excelled at HSC, earning the school an overall ranking of 18th in the state, second among non-selective coeducational schools, and first among Jewish day schools in Sidney.

Of Moriah’s class of 2021, 7% of the cohort achieved an ATAR of 99+, 33% 95+ and 56% 90+.

The HSC All-Rounders list – students scoring 90 or higher in at least 10 units of study – included 17 Moriah students, and 68% of HSC students at the college made the Distinguished Achievers list for scoring 90 or higher in at least a subject .

And 40% of the cohort were offered early college offers, including 10 honors courses and 14 dual degrees.

Noah Joshua came in 3rd in the state in Classical Hebrew, Daniel Kulikovsky was 5th in Portuguese, Sage Katz came in 10th in Standard English, and Ethan Agosin was 12th in Standard Math 2.

Moriah’s dux was Jessica Zeltzer, based on her 2021 academic performance, for hitting an ATAR of 99.85 and making the HSC All-Rounders list.

College Principal Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler said, “We are extremely proud of the achievements of the Class of 2021.

“You have proven that with focus, perseverance, caring and encouragement for each other, and the support and guidance of your teachers and parents, you can achieve anything. that you want.

“Our Moriah family has proven that with good will, creativity and positivity, and a healthy dose of innovation and agility, we can overcome any challenge.

“The HSC results are truly exceptional and an affirmation of the dedication of our teachers, as well as the commitment, resilience and tenacity of our students.”

He added, “Our true measures of success are the character of our graduates, their individual achievements, the Jewish values ​​they take with them beyond school, and the passion with which they pursue their ambitions.”

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