Student Leadership is central to Moriah College, which, as the lynchpin of the Sydney Jewish Community has a responsibility to develop leaders so that the future of our community is secure in the hands of the next generation. Our aim is to give our students the opportunity to discover the leadership qualities within themselves, work as teams, develop their potential as leaders and most importantly, to energise others and make a difference in the College and the wider community.
The College focusses closely on the development of leadership programs that are age specific and progressive.
The Yitzchak Rabin Leadership Program is run through tutor groups. The purpose of the program is to help students recognize their own capacity as individuals, tutor groups and a united year group, to positively impact others and make a difference. In their tutor groups, all Year 9 students design, develop and implement community-service based programs.
In Year 10, a voluntary leadership program, the Hadracha Program, involves approximately 70 students. Students learn leadership skills around planning, writing and implementing teaching programs in both the Moriah and Mount Sinai Primary Schools, around the Jewish festival and holy days.
In Year 11, we offer two voluntary leadership programs; the Jewish Advocacy Program and the Peer Support Program. The former involves students who volunteered their time to learn how to present their Religion to students of other denominations in other faith-based schools. On completing the presentations and reflecting on the experience many student expressed that this was one of their highlights of their time at Moriah. The latterprovides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve mental wellbeing. The Year 11 Peer Support leaders deliver the Year & wellbeing programs in Term 2 and 3, focusing on key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership.
The High School Student Leadership Council (SLC) are elected by students and staff and comprises:
- Two College Captains
- Two Vice-Captains
- Eight House Captains (two per House)
- Ten Portfolio Captains
The Portfolios are:
- Jewish Life and Zionism
- Social Action
- Public Relations
Two Year 12 Portfolio leaders are elected to each portfolio. They oversee a committee comprised of representatives from Years 9, 10 and 11.
Year 12 students are invited to nominate for formal leadership Convenor Portfolio positions in a number of specific areas across the College. These include:
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Service Learning
Convenors are mentored by the College Vice Captains and relevant staff members, to help them to develop their leadership skills to their full potential.
As part of the leadership scheme, Year 12 students have the opportunity to participate in a number of non-elected leadership activities.
These opportunities are all designed to encourage students to develop leadership skills and gain an understanding of the responsibilities involved in managing projects, other people and their own time.
The focus on Leadership development in the High School empowers students to develop a platform on which to build a variety of initiatives that raises school spirit and strengthens relationships between staff and students. It contributes to the development of their identity as young Jewish Ambassadors for the College, the broader community and the wider Australian Society.