MORIAH College is a step closer to an $81.7 million upgrade of its facilities to ensure modern spaces that nurture creativity, collaboration and excellence, president Stephen Jankelowitz says.
The school recently lodged a state significant development application (SSDA) proposing new science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) facilities, and an independent learning centre for high school students.
“Moriah College aims to become a more transformative place of learning with improved facilities and flexible, technology-rich spaces,” Jankelowitz said.
“This will allow us to teach the skills required for our thinkers, innovators, change agents and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”
The proposal also includes upgrades to the early learning centre, as well as expanded open, green spaces to allow for greater social interaction, collaborative learning, and changes to traffic and parking.
“A key objective of the proposal is to provide an opportunity to relocate the main entry of Moriah College away from Queens Park Road onto Baronga Avenue and York Road, minimising traffic impacts for near neighbours in Queens Park,” Jankelowitz added.
The application commenced public exhibition on November 21 with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
The school currently has capacity for 1680 students and is seeking an increase of 17 per cent across early learning through to year 12, to be delivered in a staged approach over the next 15 years.
In other Moriah news, 140 year 11 students recently experienced what it is like to balance competing community funding needs.
The pilot program, devised by Moriah high school teachers Iliya Hammerschlag and Hilary Kahn in partnership with JCA, sparked passionate debate as the students – divided into 10 teams and given 40 minutes – considered how they would allocate $8 million across 16 different programs.
For most students, it was their first introduction to JCA’s role in balancing competing demands.
“I’d heard about JCA before,” one student said, “but I never realised how much JCA does for our community and how many programs JCA is helping.”
Hammerschlag and Kahn said, “The students gained a lot from this activity and we look forward to continuing to work with JCA.”
Moriah plans to run the program again and JCA will look to roll it out across all Jewish schools.
“It’s important for us as a community for the next generation of philanthropists and givers to understand the role of JCA,” JCA acting CEO Alain Hasson said.
For more information about the upgrade, visit www.moriahmasterplan.com.