Extending the Individual
A wide range of co-and extra-curricular activities and programs ensures the education of the “whole child”. Students are involved in Debating, Public Speaking, Chess, Lunch Time Clubs, Informal Jewish Education and Mishna Programs. In the Arts, the opportunities for students extend beyond the curriculum and include dramatic and musical productions, soirées, concerts and other visual art activities.
At various times throughout the year, we hold inquiry-based programs such as Yemei Iyun (Days of Inquiry and Study) where students are exposed to contemporary, historical, religious and moral issues and explore the frontiers where Judaism interacts with the modern, sophisticated world in which we live. Shabbatonim and special assemblies further encourage our students to question, explore and reflect.
A comprehensive Outdoor Experience Program, with residential camps from Years 4-8 extends skills from year to year, giving students a real sense of personal achievement.
Debating is a vibrant program in the life of Leibler Yavneh College. Students throughout the secondary school have the opportunity to be actively involved in the program, which assists in developing their critical thinking skills, oratory skills and sense of self-confidence. Leibler Yavneh College is a member of the Debating Association of Victoria, the peak debating body in Victoria, which provides our students with the opportunity to debate against other schools in the state.
Sherut Girls and Hesder Boys
The Sherut Girls and Hesder Boys are the Duracell bunnies of the college, energizing student learning and developing close and lasting bonds with the students. Heralding from Israel, four Sherut Girls and four Hesder Boys spend a year of their Israeli national service enlivening the college with creative, innovative and engaging programs that bring the flavours of Israel, Zionism and Judaism to life.
The vision of VCA music graduate and Head of Music, Jonathan Skovron has launched Yavneh into an unprecedented musical revolution. The formation of a Contemporary Band and A Capella choir, grassroots student-driven jam sessions, countless Victorian awards for junior musical theatre and consistently outstanding VCE music scores, has entrenched Yavneh as an eminent college for musical culture and excellence.
The Arts department at Leibler Yavneh is an a fundamental part of learning and teaching at Yavneh. During Years 7 and 8 students take on four elective subjects on a trimester cycle to get a taste of the various Art subjects such as : Visual Art, Media Studies, Drama and Music. All these disciplines are offered in VCE.
In Years 9 and 10 students have options to undertake these subjects with the addition of Visual Commination. Students at Yavneh can also further their Arts education by being a part of various clubs before and during lunchtimes. These include the school band, choir, music ensembles, audio visual training and textiles.
Yavneh has played an integral part of the Bnei Brith Art exhibition in which many Yavneh students have received awards for their artwork and photography. It is evident that the Arts curriculum at Yavneh lays the foundation for students who have a creative flair and carrying these skills on from Year 7 through to VCE. During VCE, students complete folios and performances which are then showcased on the annual VCE folio night. Along with VCE Drama solos and VCE Music performances.
The recent school musical “The Lion king and Songs for a new world” which was performed over three nights, showcased the amazing talent from all year levels across the secondary school. After months or rehearsals, the final shows were breathtaking. All our performances are an integral part of the Yavneh arts program, which allow students to shine.
A growing body of studies presents compelling evidence connecting student learning in the arts to a wide array of academic and social benefits. For example, exposure to art education promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance and sharpens critical and creative skills.
At Yavneh, we are proud of our students who, working closely with staff create amazing pieces of art and performance, challenging the notion that too many are stuck behind a computer screen.