'Deeply honoured'

Charet announced as new Masada principal

Raquel Charet will replace Mira Hasofer as the new principal of Masada College at the beginning of 2024.

Raquel Charet has been appointed Masada College's principal from term one in 2024.
Raquel Charet has been appointed Masada College's principal from term one in 2024.

“I AM elated to return to a Jewish community school,” said Raquel Charet, Masada College’s newly appointed principal from term one, 2024.

On May 11, after completing a rigorous recruitment process, Masada College’s board confirmed Charet’s selection as the replacement for Mira Hasofer, who joined Masada College in mid-2021, and will become Moriah College’s new principal.

Masada College board co-president Danny Cohen said, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new college principal, Mrs Raquel Charet – a dynamic principal and educator”.

“Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Jewish Studies, a Master of Teaching (Secondary), a Master of Science (Coaching Psychology) – all from the University of Sydney – and an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Management, Mrs Charet joins us as a highly qualified educator.”

“She has over 10 years’ experience as a principal, first at Sydney Montessori School, and most recently, Georges River Grammar, where she has held the role of principal for five years, leading a Kindergarten to Year 12 school of over 900 students,” Cohen said.

Charet – who as a student, attended Jewish schools in Sydney and Melbourne – told The AJN she feels “deeply honoured” to be leading Masada College from term one.

“I have a passion for outstanding academic achievement and well-rounded education, and I am elated to return to a Jewish community school,” she said. “I am looking forward to working with staff, parents and students to take Masada on the next chapter, and continue to build the college from strength to strength.”

She also paid credit to Hasofer’s leadership, “under which the college has grown as a beacon of academic excellence, and a nurturing community”.

“I aim to build on this wonderful foundation.”

From left: Masada College’s head of junior school Karen Gunasekara, appointed principal from 2024 Raquel Charet, current principal Mira Hasofer, and newly-appointed deputy principal Ryan Gill, on May 15.

Charet described her approach to leadership as being “deeply rooted in the belief that each child is a world unto themselves, with unique gifts and potential”.

“In this light, I hope to continue enhancing Masada’s academic programs, while ensuring the well-being of every student is prioritised.

“I firmly believe that our Jewish heritage is an integral part of our identity … and provides a strong moral compass.

“My aim is to ensure that our students continue to grow in an environment that cherishes this heritage.”

Masada’s board also announced the appointment of Ryan Gill as deputy principal.

He has worked at the college for more than 13 years, and is currently the head of the senior school.

“Mr Gill’s superb educational and management skills have been invaluable,” Cohen said.

Meanwhile, Karen Gunasekara was welcomed to Masada this term, as its head of the junior school.

“Having previously worked at Masada, she is enjoying being back, and she is an inspiring educator.

“We warmly welcome Mrs Charet to the Masada College community, and wish our entire leadership team hatzlacha (good luck) in guiding our fabulous school through this next chapter.”

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