Denese Bloch qualified as a high school teacher through Wits University and spent a number of years teaching English to grade 11 and grade 12 learners. In 1990 Denese joined the staff of King David Linksfield where she taught for 19 years, becoming a Grade Supervisor and later to become one of the Directors. At the end of 2008, Denese became the principal of the Yeshiva College Boys and Girls High Schools.
Nelson Mandela famously said that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
At YC we do not have a simplistic definition of the word Education. Rather, we see it as being the attention we give to the spiritual, physical and emotional education of all of our learners.
We live in an extremely competitive environment where high school and, indeed university graduates, are trying to secure an ever shrinking pool of opportunities.
We have for a number of years achieved superb academic results, but this is by no means the only measure of our success. In the High School we measure our success by the kind of adult that we send into the world when he or she graduates from our school. We strive to educate our learners to understand the importance of being part of something much greater than the individual. Our learners are taught to develop every aspect of their characters, to compete at the highest level academically and to give of themselves to the broader community. Our connection to our local community and South Africa as a whole as well as our connection to Am Yisrael are continually cultivated and at the end of the process we produce young adults who contribute to all the people around them, not merely our own community but at the same time who understand their connection to Am Yisrael and Midinat Yisrael.
Our learners understand that education is indeed a weapon that they can use to change the world because with the appropriate spiritual, academic and emotional education, our learners can indeed have a huge impact on the world they enter when they leave the nurturing and warm environment that is YC.