Philosophy and Values

Philosophy and Values

Sholem Aleichem College fosters awareness of all aspects of Jewish life with a particular emphasis on the promotion of Yiddish language and literature, Hebrew and Jewish culture “veltkhe yiddishkayt”- a secular approach to Jewish history, traditions and customs, ethics and values. Our purpose is to cultivate in our students a passionate sense of Jewish identity and a sense of belonging to the world-wide Jewish people with special ties to the Australian Jewish community and the State of Israel.

The school aims to develop in our children, as the basis of lifelong learning: excellence in the skills of numeracy, literacy, oracy and social adaptability. We do this by providing a wide range of educational experiences that acknowledge individual differences in a caring coeducational environment. Our goal is to help each student realise his or her potential, building confidence, motivation and self-discipline. We foster well-rounded development by actively involving our children in an exceptional music education program, as well as providing outstanding opportunities for development through the performing and creative arts, sciences and sport. The school also provides a trilingual language program – English, Yiddish and Hebrew.

The school aims to provide the best possible educational environment, which enables excellence in learning and teaching.

We support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy including a commitment to elected government, the rule of law, and equal rights before the law.

Sholem Aleichem College creates a secure learning environment by encouraging a harmonious working relationship involving child, teacher and parent. We build a sense of belonging and cooperation by promoting mutual respect, in line with our belief in the ideals of freedom of religion, speech and association, peace, openness, tolerance and social justice.

Mission Statement

At Sholem Aleichem College we recognise each child as an individual, with unique abilities to be nurtured, talents to be discovered and needs to be met.  We believe in the education of the whole person so that our children can be knowledgeable and creative, socially, spiritually and ethically aware, and contributing and fulfilled members of the local, Jewish and global community.

We provide a challenging education in a caring and safe environment where children can develop their self worth and sense of responsibility.

We support and enrich the diverse abilities and talents of our community by providing a broad academic and co-curricular program.

We work together as a team. Strong interpersonal relationships between staff, children and parents create a supportive and encouraging community.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience success and to develop a love of learning.

We provide an inclusive Jewish education incorporating the teaching of Yiddish and Hebrew language and culture. Our trilingual immersion program inspires our children to discover the joys of learning about the world around them. We foster a love of Jewish culture, history, traditions and festivals in a secular educational setting.

We promote the teaching and learning of values for a lifetime.

Ethos of School

In support of our school motto “Values for a lifetime”, all students participate in a Values Education Program. This program does not only occur in class but is meshed into all facets of our school life.  The values in this program assist students with developing positive self-esteem, and to establish a base for citizenship in future years. The program aims to teach and internalise our ten core school values:

1. We value Jewish identity
We nurture a passionate, personal sense of Jewish identity.

2. We value being a part of the Jewish Community
THE PAST – We instil a personal connection with our history, heritage and traditions.
THE PRESENT – We foster a proud sense of identification with all Jewish people as an extension of ourselves and our families.THE FUTURE – We develop a devoted commitment to building the future of the Jewish people.

3. We value improving our world
We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than the one we inherited in terms of social justice, the environment and inter-personal relations. This includes acts of loving kindness, giving charity and showing compassion for others.

4. We value respect and tolerance
We demand of ourselves respect for others, tolerance of differences and forgiveness of failings. We encourage others to show the same tolerance for us.

5. We value lifelong learning
We are a community that encourages the joys of lifelong learning in a fun and supportive environment. We value putting learning into action.

6. We value the seeking of excellence
We expect we will never be satisfied with less than our best; and that by word and deed, we will support and encourage all to strive to achieve their best as well. We value responsibility, leadership, standing up for what we believe in and being accountable for our behaviour.

7. We value resilience
We nurture the capacity to be able to cope with everyday problems; being assertive rather than aggressive and cultivate the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing hurt, difficulty, disappointment, or significant change.

8. We value cooperation
We develop the skills to work harmoniously with others; to give and receive ideas; to understand that together we can make a difference; to nurture a sense of common achievement; and to work for the common good.

9. We value happiness and security
We champion the right of all people to expect to live in happiness and security with freedom, justice, equality of rights and a fair go for all. We value celebration of our festivals; of our own achievements and of the achievements of others.

10. We value ethical behaviour
In all our actions, we consider the short and long term impact on others. We value honesty and integrity, the ability and willingness to recognize one’s mistakes; to speak the truth; to be trustworthy of the privacy of others; and to respect the property of others.