Herzlia – top NSC school in SA
Ripples of pride, joy, and nachas spread from the Cape Town Jewish community around the world as news broke on 13 March 2021 on career website Gradesmatch that United Herzlia Schools (UHS) was the top performing National Senior Certificate (NSC) school in South Africa.
The site measures a school’s performance based on distinctions per learner using data gathered from the Department of Basic Education. Herzlia came out tops, with 4.281 distinctions per learner, outperforming competitive schools like Herschel Girls School and Bishops Diocesan College.
“There are many ways of ranking schools, and no one set of statistics tells a full story. By any ranking method, however, 4.28 distinctions per candidate for a co-educational, inclusive community school is astonishing, and to be ranked as the top performing school in the country by this criterion is wonderful beyond words,” Herzlia High School Principal Marc Falconer told the SA Jewish Report.
Said UHS Executive Director Andries van Renssen, “We embarked on a journey to focus on the future and modernise, improve, and become more relevant. This has brought about changes in the way we teach, assess, and engage with pupils. So, we are pleased that the way Herzlia is evolving on this journey has already created change – last year we were number six on this same list, and this year we are number one!
“We are really proud of our results, but academic results are just one parameter of success. We want to reach the pinnacle of success in other spheres like sport, innovation, and menschlichkeit as well.”
Said Falconer, “It’s with humility, gratitude, and appreciation that we acknowledge the quite incredible achievements of our 2020 matric group. We are, however, aware that for the majority of schools in the country, a full online learning programme wasn’t practicable or even possible [during lockdown].
“While this doesn’t diminish the dedication, focus, and hard work of the matriculants or the expertise and commitment of teachers and support of parents, it does humble us and make us aware of our privilege and our responsibilities. We wish our matric group mazaltov, and congratulate our teachers, support staff, and counselling department for an extraordinary performance that fills us with delight and pride.”
KDL Primary teaches chesed through kits for the disadvantaged
Grade 6 students at King David Senior Primary Linksfield last week packed and supplied educational hampers to their outreach school, Houghton Primary, which has yet to return to full-time schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to generous donors to the King David Schools Foundation, students in Houghton Primary’s Junior Phase received a pack containing age-appropriate worksheets, new stationery, a book and a small treat, along with a personal note written by King David Grade 4 and 5 students.
The initiative is part of teaching students the importance of chesed (kindness), a core value at King David. King David students are able to live this value through the school’s outreach programme, and participate in partnerships that support previously disadvantaged communities.
KDLPP shows appreciation for Hatzolah heroes
Hatzolah responders Warren Katz and Yehuda Sevitz visited King David Pre-Primary Linksfield students and taught them about kindness and mitzvot in the month of Elul. Then, the Grade R students presented them with a beautiful poster and a quilled chamsa to show their appreciation for community heroes. The children enjoyed seeing the ambulance and meeting these Hatzolah responders.
Youth leads the way
Mazaltov to the newly-elected student leaders for 2022 from their schools and the SA Jewish Report!
Head Student Leaders: Gabi Sassen, Daniel Appleton
Deputy Head Student Leaders: Shiri Kaplan, Judah Marx
Heads of Committees:
Advocacy and Awareness – Kelli Hollander
Arts and Culture – Mia Peretz
Eco – Danielle Novick
Judaica – Yoni Porter
Outreach – Hannah Gnesin
SMACC – Dylan Heller
Sports and Lifestyle – Rachel Sacks
Leaders: Leigh Appleton, Gabriella Berkman, Jonathan Borowitz, Ricki-Lee Friedman, Michael Gingell, Anja Gluch, Ben Goss, Jessie Herring, Raphael Hirschowitz, Ryan Jammy, Joseph Joffe, Lior Kolman, Melissa Krawitz, Amy Lurie, Chiara Miller, Tali Pimstein, Zak Rachelson, Rory Rosenberg, Aiden Sack, Dalya Uria, Isabella Woznica
King David High School Victory Park
Head Boy – Jarrod Kapeluschnik
Head Girl – Megan Gruzd
Deputy Head Boy – Liron Krawitz
Deputy Head Girl – Leah Meyerowitz
Chief Whip – Ariella Scop
Judaica Committee: Nadav Sundy, Liora Scop
Arts and Culture Committee: Keren Katzew, Joshua Milner
Spirit and Sport Committee: Adam Dakes, Elle Ochayon
Outreach Committee: Shira Woolf
Global Awareness Committee: Environment – Jessica Blem
Civic and Social Awareness – Jamie Treger
Service Committee: Public Relations and Communication – Daniel Rismani
Foundation and Mentoring – Natalie Cohen
Yeshiva College High School girls
Head Girl: Liat Lew
Vice Head Girl, Head of Israel: Ariella Friedland
Head of Unity and Inspiration: Ariella Feinblum, Talya Shlesinger
Head of Chessed: Tali Kozinsky
Head of Media: Carrie Goldstein
Head of Environment and Advocacy: Batsheva Levy
Head of Sports, Arts, and Culture: Hannah Farber, Liora Rosenberg
Yeshiva College High School boys
Head Boy: Gabriel Kahlberg
Vice Head Boy: Josh Sachs
Head of Israel: Benji Chazen
Head of Unity and Inspiration: Asher Levenstein, Gidon Ralph
Head of Chessed: Daniel Sacks
Head of Media: Joseph Levin
Head of Environment and Advocacy: Joshua Hirschowitz
Head of Sports, Arts, and Culture: Jonathan Lewis
Herzlia High School
Head Student: Benjamin Anstey
Deputy Head and Secretary: Sinomhlobo Nomkonwana
Deputy Head and Outreach: Sabrina Brivik
Deputy Head and Zionism: Olivia Diamond
Sport: Aaron Schwartz
Jewish Life and Learning: Adi Ayache
Social Affairs: Mila Smith
Culture: Jamie McNally Student Wellness: Jared Daitsh, Lilla Fleischmann