The Torah Academy is a Chabad Jewish Day School in Johannesburg, South Africa. It comprises a Boys' High School, Girls' High School (on a separate campus), Primary School and Nursery School. The Torah Academy Aims to provide and promote the highest quality Jewish and general education to a diverse community of Jewish children, in addition to cultivating students to reach personal excellence, and to be responsible members of society.
Torah Academy provides an exemplary uncompromised Jewish and well rounded general academic education to all Jewish children. Its educational policies are inclusive and individualized and they encourage students to utilize their individual potential and strive for excellence.Staff members are chosen for their ability as well as desire to teach and they are role models in both their behaviour and dedication to their vocation.The community is invited to become involved in the school and its programs and to share their expertise and other talents towards even greater enhancement of the exceptional program.The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, founded the Torah Academy. His vision, teachings and philosophies drive the purpose and goals of hundreds of schools across the world, and have addressed the needs of humanity across the globe. Every year, Education Day is proclaimed by the President of the USA, in honour of and in recognition of his achievements.The Torah Academy was established in 1979 by emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who came to South Africa to promote Jewish awareness by establishing centres for adult education. The Torah Academy was established to provide uncompromised Jewish education for children from Nursery School to Matric. The fledgling school was initially registered with the Transvaal Education Department (thereafter with the Gauteng Department of Education) to provide prescribed secular education alongside its religious Jewish instruction. It has grown into a prestigious Jewish education institution now servicing close to 600 students.
educational Goals and Objectives
Goal: To provide students with the opportunity to participate in a high quality Jewish and secular education.
Goal: To enhance the students sense of self as a valuable, contributing person to the Jewish community and to the community at large.
Goal: To instill moral behaviors and ethical standards established by Torah and social laws. Goal: To implement educational tools, apply critical thinking and Jewish values into community involvement.
Goal: To motivate students to apply knowledge to real life situations.
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The Torah Academy was established to:Provide uncompromised Jewish Education based on Torah (Jewish Law), the values of the Chabad Philosophy and the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Provide excellent South African general education and holistic life skills culminating in matriculation results that reflect the students’ full potential. Ensure the ability to comfortably integrate these disciplines, values and skills into daily life as self-sufficient and contributing members of society in South Africa and internationally. To build young men and women with commitment to social responsibility with tolerance and empathy and with a love for all G-d’s children and with a concern for the environment. To provide a safe and secure environment for all its students that is governed by a fair code of conduct/policy of safety and discipline that conforms to South African law.
Educational Goals and Objectives Goal: To provide students with the opportunity to participate in a high quality Jewish and secular education.Students will be knowledgeable and proficient in Jewish law, customs and literature and will be able to integrate it into their daily lives. Students will achieve the learning objectives outlined in a carefully designed curriculum from preschool to Matric. The curriculum will meet or exceed, GDE (Gauteng Department of Education) and other private school’s requirements for the design and implementation of the curriculum in preschool to Matric. The curriculum will be reviewed and reassessed for effectiveness on an ongoing basis. Students will be assessed formally and informally on a regular basis to measure their mastery of the factual information presented. Students will be engaged in various individual and group learning situations, with peers and with teachers to encourage connections between education and daily living skills. Students will be encouraged to realise the significant inter-connections between the Jewish and secular world.
Goal: To enhance the students sense of self as a valuable, contributing person to the Jewish community and to the community at large. Students will learn to assess personal strengths. Students will learn to establish, pursue and accomplish personal goals by: Further developing personal and educational strengths Outlining strategies to minimize and compensate for areas of limitation Behaving in a manner that allows for maximum personal learning at all times Learning how to monitor personal progress Students will have opportunities to participate in school sponsored community events which will enable them to use the educational information and skills learned Students will be encouraged to process, analyse and apply knowledge gained as a result of participating in community events.
Goal: To instil moral behaviours and ethical standards established by Torah and social laws. Students will apply moral behaviours and ethical standards learned to their daily lives including, but not limited to formal class time, free time and informal activities. They will be encouraged to promote goodness and kindness and social justice. Students will be encouraged through group or individual staff mediated discussion, to develop and apply strategies which would ameliorate or resolve uncomfortable or inappropriate situations. Students of families that follow the Chabad philosophies and way of life will be encouraged to continue these traditions and teachings of Chabad and its Rabbis.Goal: To implement educational tools, apply critical thinking and Jewish values into community involvement. Students will have the opportunity to apply their broadbased knowledge and Torah values and observances in: Their personal shul’s daily, Shabbat and holiday services Community celebrations and by providing community services Social and humanitarian projects in the Jewish and in the general broader communities to ensure a positive future in South Africa for all its citizens
Goal: To motivate students to apply knowledge to real life situations Students will have the opportunity to participate in educational and extra curricular activities with other schools. Students will use and apply various skills and knowledge by participating in activities which reinforce academic principles. Students will utilise the benefits of an integrated education to feel at home and productive in Torah and secular environments.
Students will achieve the above whilst maintaining high Torah Academy standards and being proud, confident members of the Jewish community.
MISSION In order to achieve our vision the Torah Academy needs to:Source and hire leaders and educators for its Jewish Studies department who are – knowledgeable and skilled in Torah education personal examples of what they are teaching. The majority of these teachers must be inspired and educated by the teachings of Chabad and able to transmit their passion for our vision to our students.
Ensure that secular educators are proficient in their subject in addition to being positive role models who are respectful of the entire ethos and vision of the Torah Academy.In order for our students to achieve our vision for excellence in Jewish and Secular education a significant part of each day is required to be dedicated to both Jewish and Secular classes.
Torah Academy will provide an accomplished social services department to oversee the implementation of our child safety policy to:
proactively support all students; avoid potential problems;
intervene with individual students who have needs or who are at risk.Torah Academy will provide a comprehensive sports program both during school and as extra murals to promote health and wellness, to – provide sports skills; enhance social skills, tolerance, sportsmanship, camaraderie, positive discipline and leadership; allow students who are less academic an arena in which they too can excel.Our religion, philosophy and standards demand that- Each day begins with prayer and religious Jewish studies; In the Primary school boys and girls study in separate classes; In the High school, boys and girls study in separate venues.To achieve our vision it is essential that the home and the school form a positive reinforcing partnership and that the family supports the religious ethos and vision of the school.In order to achieve our standards of excellence in both the religious and secular departments notwithstanding the limited time available – Teachers must have the ability to instil a love and motivation for learning; Teachers of each department must reinforce the similar skills honed in the other department (eg analysis of sacred texts and poetry); Teachers must be organised and must manage class activities and themselves responsibly; Classes are generally small and limited to a maximum of 25 students; Teachers must meet regularly to assess the progress of students and to plan ahead; The school leadership must be readily available and directly involved in the progress of each student.The Torah Academy calendar includes co-curricular activities and programs that are carefully chosen to promote our vision. These programs are designed to integrate with the students’ formal learning. These include – The high profile CYCALIVE annual 5 day bicycle ride from Johannesburg to Durban including Grade 11 students from Torah Academy and two schools from Soweto. This event has been embraced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation from whence it departs. It has taken place annually since 1998; Programs promoting goodness and kindness eg stationery drives for the under privileged visits to the elderly Jewish outreach project - visiting the wider Jewish community Assisting charity drives and food distribution for the needy.
The Torah Academy will expose their students to young mentors and role models by inviting senior international students to further their religious instruction at our school.