Dear Richmond Jewish Day School Parents:
I would like to introduce myself and share my excitement as the new Principal at Richmond Jewish Day School. I look forward to meeting you and your children.
Last year was truly a challenging year, as schools navigated through many changes, including rising case numbers of Covid-19 in the province. Despite these challenges, RJDS was able to continue in-person learning throughout the academic year by putting in place many precautionary preventative measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This year, we will continue to monitor news from the Public Health Officer and Minister of Education about what measures will be required to ensure all our staff and students continue to remain healthy and safe. We will be sure to pass all new information on to parents in a timely fashion. If you do not already receive our weekly newsletter, please contact us [email protected] so that we can add you to our mailing list. As we step closer into the month of Tishrei and the Jewish High Holiday season, I can think only of renewed hope, joys of learning, new opportunities of exploration, reflection, growth and above all a spirit of gratitude!
Leading Richmond Jewish Day School with a dedicated, dynamic staff and supportive parents is a great honour and amazing opportunity. I am excited to embark on this journey with the collective RJDS community and together we can shape an exciting vision to build on our success, positioning our community school as one that models academic excellence, innovation and creativity. The focus at RJDS will continue to be developing our students, inspired by Jewish values and ethics, to have strong academic, social and religious skills and be well prepared to grow into thoughtful, committed and fully engaged members of the Jewish and broader Canadian communities.
During my first visit to the school, I was truly inspired by the passionate and dedicated staff, the deeply committed parents, and the energetic children who appeared less like a group of students and more like a cohesive family. Moreover, the collegiality and joy of learning permeated every classroom. I believe that curiosity, wonder and a love for learning are three elements that have the power to change the world. Students come into our school with these three traits, and we have a unique opportunity to help in fostering these so that they can be innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers for our future. As the lead educator at RJDS, I believe it is my responsibility to continually learn about our students in order to discover ways to best support them, inspire them, and empower them.
I am also pleased to see that RJDS is a service-minded school, offering programs that foster a chesed mindset of compassion and kindness. This is consistent with my vision of RJDS being an independent school with a public purpose. We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen community engagement and partnership strategies to ensure we maintain the philosophy of inclusion, diversity and sense of belonging to the Jewish community that this school was founded upon.
One of my greatest priorities at the school will be to support our dedicated faculty and staff, who deserve our utmost respect. The recent shifts in curriculum and 21st-century learning, enabled by the Internet and new technologies, continue to open doors to not only how we live and work, but also how we teach and learn. I hope to provide professional development for teachers and confidence-building opportunities and skills for students that are the foundation for school growth and improvement. I also believe communication is key to building a strong school community, and in keeping with our family-oriented philosophy, we will work as partners with parents to build a strong learning community.
Sabrina Bhojani, Principal, RJDS