SHOLEM RANKS HIGHLY IN STATE AND NATIONAL BENCHMARKS
Sholem Aleichem College has ranked right near the top of the class at both the state and national levels in recent Australia wide surveys and standardised testing. As published in the Weekend Australian on 1-2 October 2016, Sholem Aleichem College ranked 6th in Victoria for all Primary Schools. The College also ranked as the 16th best Primary School in Australia in terms of Reading, Writing and Numeracy based on NAPLAN scores in Years 3 and 5. Sholem was the highest ranked Jewish School at both the state and national levels.
Principal Helen Greenberg believes in an environment where a child feels safe, secure and happy. “In today’s fast paced, hectic, competitive world, we need to allow our children to be children, to lay the foundations and building blocks for their future learning and gain a love a learning.”
There are many factors for the high rankings, and according to Ms Greenberg it is the combination of a number of elements that lead to the success of the school. “One of the most important factors is of course the skill and commitment of the teachers. As a principal I could not be more impressed by the dedication they show, their professionalism, and the close attention paid to each individual child. As a school we have invested heavily in professional development and current educational research programs. The staff, students and parents are all part of what we call “our learning community” and we strive to remain at the forefront of the rapid changes in education. We highly value the close relationship between the school and parents as we believe learning is a partnership, and above all we see the enthusiasm and love of learning displayed by the students as a vital ingredient in our success.”
Ms Greenberg also goes on to comment that while she is of course “absolutely delighted by the results, which vindicate the tremendous success of our academic programs, they must be seem as only a part of the overall picture at Sholem.”
Sholem positions itself as a specialist in the primary sector and maintains primary years and the early years as its focus. “As a high-quality primary school we place importance on the overall development of each individual child, encompassing not only academic achievement, but also creative and sporting pursuits, community involvement and their personal, social and emotional growth. We know that for a child to be able to achieve to the fullest of their academic ability, they must first feel confident within themselves and feel comfortable within their environment. Once this is achieved, then they can truly soar and reach their fullest potential. An example of this was in our recent school concert, ‘Hairspray’. I was amazed at the confidence that our students displayed on stage, and had to frequently pinch myself to remember just how young these children were to be delivering such complex and demanding roles on stage.’
Looking forward, the school seeks to maintain its high rankings, never resting on its laurels, constantly striving to remain at the forefront of educational progress, but never getting too large that it loses sight of itself as a nurturing, specialist primary school where each child is known, cared for and nurtured as both a unique individual and a valued member of a broader school community.
Principal Greenberg concludes by saying, “above and beyond all of the rankings, the most important thing is to be raising happy children, and if it is any indication, the fact that our parents are constantly struggling to get their children to leave the school at the end of the day amidst cries of ‘I don’t want to go home yet’ is the surest sign of all that we must be doing something right!”
On Tuesday 11th October, our Year 5 & 6 mixed basketball team participated in the SSV (School Sports Victoria) regional basketball championships held at MSAC. It was a unique day, as our team progressed further in the competition than any other Sholem team in our school’s interschool sporting history.
On the day, the team was required to win all four preliminary matches, which they succeeded in doing. We defeated teams from private and government schools that have at least twice the number of students to select teams from!
We therefore progressed through to the grand final, where we won a close contest by 6 points. As a result of wining the regional grand final, Sholem’s mixed basketball team heads to Dandenong Stadium late in November for the State Championships. We say a huge congratulations and wish them the best of luck!!