FUNDING TO MEET NEED
Special needs children are supported at four Jewish Day Schools in Sydney:
25 at Emanuel School
11 at Masada College
56 at Moriah College
16 at Mount Sinai College
2019-20 ALLOCATION $500,000
These programs ensure that over 100 Jewish children with special needs are embraced by our day schools through funding the extra support they or their families need. Your donation supplements the amounts already committed by these day schools.
Some of our most vulnerable community members are of school age and the Government does not provide sufficient funding to ensure their inclusion.
Your funding supports children with anxiety, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, hearing limitations, sight limitations, mobility limitations, behavioural complexities, speech and language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, occupational therapy, Asperger’s and sensory processing disorder.
The programs assist these children from an educational, social and physical perspective by providing appropriate teaching support and physical aids for each student’s requirements.
A total of $1.34 million is required to support the special needs programs in our Day Schools and while approximately $800,000 is provided directly by the schools, JCA funds the $500,000 balance.
108 children with special needs in our Jewish Day Schools who require support for inclusion.
Emanuel School is the only pluralist and egalitarian K- 12 Jewish school in NSW. They actively promote dialogue, engagement with and respect for diversity in all its forms: in relation to society, the individual and all streams of Judaism.
Their objective is to challenge students to be critical and curious thinkers who love learning, have a strong sense of community, a love for Israel and are proud of their Jewish heritage.
They cultivate a culture of academic excellence, student wellbeing, high expectations and continuous improvement. Teachers use innovative learning approaches and technologies to foster curious, adaptive and ethical students, who are well-prepared for the workforce of the future.
Masada College supports more than 50 children with additional learning requirements, including children with dyslexia, speech, language and hearing difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Teaching staff work in partnership with families to set learning goals and plans to achieve these goals.
Teachers, therapists and psychologists work as a team to ensure that these students get the extra support they need in the classroom. Support might come through a teacher’s aide, additional support of a learning support teacher, extra time to work on tests or homework, having a keyboard for taking notes or even a modified curriculum.
Teachers are also provided with additional professional learning in particular areas so as to help provide the best differentiated curriculum for students.
Programs are designed to ensure that every child with special needs is given equal access to opportunities within the school.
Moriah offers an exciting personalised learning experience to children from a wide range of aptitudes and abilities. This includes an increasing number of students with special needs. The College inspires students to flourish, think critically, display resilience, take on challenges and develop the skills exhibited by future-ready young adults.
Combining academic programs with innovative experiential and co-curricular offerings gives all students every opportunity to differentiate their school experience.
At its core, Moriah is about belonging. A strong foundation of modern Orthodox Jewish values is woven into the fabric of each student’s identity encouraging them to develop an interest in their culture, an engagement with their heritage, and a lifelong connection to Israel and the Jewish people.
Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler
Mount Sinai College
Mount Sinai caters for students from age two, at their Early Learning Centre, up to year six, and strives to build a community of transformative learning with integrity embedded in modern Orthodox Jewish values.
Jewish education has been identified as one of the core pillars in ensuring maintenance of faith and proud identity. A Jewish primary education provides a strong, eternal platform to build continuity, self-concept and self-respect.
Research suggests that most people want a Jewish education but for many this is out of reach. Mount Sinai College’s offering is unique and blends the best of Australian and Jewish heritage. Hundreds of adults today attribute their ongoing success to their Mount Sinai primary education journey which was achievable only through the support JCA offered.