AFTER 12 years of service, the last seven as principal, John Hamey will leave Moriah College at the end of this year.
At the same time, the college has announced that a new primary school head, Lynda Fisher (pictured), will commence at the start of the 2019 school year.
Hamey, who held a range of leadership roles prior to being appointed principal, will initially concentrate on professional renewal before looking for new opportunities.
“I speak often to our students and staff about stepping into the unknown, believing in oneself and always seeking new challenges – it is now my time to live by my own words,” he said.
“Moriah is currently in a strong position as one of the leading independent schools in Australia and I believe now is the right time to pass the baton to a new leader.”
He praised the college’s board and thanked them for their support, as well as extending “deep appreciation” to the wider Moriah family.
“You have warmly embraced me as a member of your community as well as principal of our esteemed college,” he said.
He added, “Moriah has played a strong formative influence in my identity as a leader and as a human. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with great Jewish thinkers, and deepening my appreciation for and understanding of Jewish philosophy, religious practices and Torah learning.
“To have led a school with such an enormous mission as Moriah has been an honour that will be difficult to surpass.”
College president Stephen Jankelowitz said Hamey had served “with distinction and exemplary educational vision” during his time at the college.
“John’s leadership has fostered a school culture that values both excellence and growth, and he has been instrumental in developing a learning framework that meets the changing educational needs of our students,” he said.
“I am confident that John will maintain the many friendships he has developed within our community and there will be several opportunities to thank and farewell him towards the end of the year.”
Jankelowitz also extended a warm welcome to Fisher, who since 2010 has been head of primary at Carmel School in Perth.
“Based on her outstanding credentials and her conduct during the interview process, we feel assured in entrusting our primary school to Lynda and we know that she is very excited about the opportunities ahead of her,” he said.
“Lynda is a highly regarded and respected Jewish educator who will make a significant contribution to our college and ensure we continue to deliver best practice education to our children.”