Lew Family Secondary School - Years 7 to 12 - Starting information

We welcome you to the Lew Family Secondary School (LFSS) at Mount Scopus Memorial College.

This is the parent information guide for the Lew Family Secondary School (LFSS). 

We understand that when joining a new school, or even just moving to a different campus, there is a lot of new information to learn. We hope that this guide will answer many of your queries and become a convenient reference point for you over the coming months.

School hours, commencement and orientation sessions

Lew Family Secondary School
Gandel Campus
245 Burwood Highway (enter via 87 Station Street), Burwood


Campus operating hours:

Monday to Thursday                8.50am – 3.55pm

Friday (Summertime)               8.50am – 3.15pm

(Wintertime Secondary)          8.50am – 2.50pm

Buses leave 10 minutes after the final bell.


The Mount Scopus calendar for the coming two years is accessible on the website by clicking here.

On the day prior to the start of the school year, separate orientation sessions are held for all Year 7 students, for all Year 12 students and for all new students in Year 8 or above. Details are outlined in the year level section. Timetables are issued to students once they commence.

Shortly after school commences, orientation sessions are scheduled in the evening for parents of students in some year levels. This provides the opportunity to meet the teachers and leadership team and to learn about the program for the year. Dates will be advised closer to the time.

Day 1 starters
New Parents Welcome

First time parents at Mount Scopus in all year levels are invited to our New Parents Dinner scheduled to be held just prior to school commencing. In 2021, this is planned to be held on the evening of Wednesday 27 January*. This allows the opportunity to meet some of the College Leadership Team, as well as other new parents.

*Subject to COVID regulations at that time.

Parent communication

Your child’s teachers will contact you when your child commences. Teachers are available to answer any queries about your child throughout the year and are best contacted by email or via a phone call or message.

Students will receive a comprehensive academic report in Terms 2 and 4, and a monitoring report, which has marks rather than comments at the end of Term 1. The parent / teacher meetings are held in Terms 1 and 3.

An information evening is held during Term 1 regarding the MYP (Middle Years Programme) which is the framework of learning and assessment for Years 7 to 10.

What students need to know....

Below summarises some of the starting information; further details are supplied in later pages.

  • Blazers (and kippot for boys) are required to be worn at school assemblies, including the Welcome assembly on Day 1.
  • Year 7 students receive their class lists, meet their Mech teachers and are allocated their locker at their orientation session prior to Day 1 (see Year 7 tab below); students in Year 8 and above receive their information on Day 1.
  • Students joining the bus service receive their bus card on their first journey.
Commencing after Day 1

For students who are not commencing at the start of the school year, there are some differences with the processes.

  • Teachers will make contact after your child commences and are available to answer any queries about your child throughout the year and are best contacted by email or via a phone call or message.
  • Please note that teachers are not required to teach any topics to new students that have already been taught at Mount Scopus. New students are required to learn content that they may not have already covered when transferring from another school.
  • Where relevant, we shall try to determine if some texts and resources are no longer needed prior to parents placing their orders; please contact Enrolments prior to doing so.
  • Elective choices must be submitted within requested time frames. Please be aware that current students will take priority; once subjects fill new students can be placed on a waitlist.

Students will receive a comprehensive academic report in Terms 2 and 4, and a monitoring report, which has marks rather than comments at the end of Term 1. The parent / teacher meetings are held in Terms 1 and 3.

An information evening is held during Term 1 regarding the MYP (Middle Years Programme) which is the framework of learning and assessment for Years 7 to 10.

Moving from Year 6 at SFPS

Progressing from primary school to secondary school can be anticipated with excitement and nerves at the same time. It is a significant step in a student's educational journey.

Students progressing from Year 6 at SFPS to Year 7 will be familiar with many aspects of Scopus that they will continue to be involved with. Over their time at SFPS they will have used a range of facilities in the secondary school, and that continues throughout their orientation and transition program, including the allocation of older student mentors to help them adjust.

What stays the same?

  • Bus usage
  • Wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • School uniform (although the College blazer is a compulsory uniform item in the secondary school)

Other aspects will change considerably. The information below outlines some of these changes:

What changes?

  • Less direct parental involvement
  • No longer just one class teacher or one classroom
  • Sport uniform - no house coloured top
  • Black runners are no longer allowed
  • BYOD program rather than only iPad
  • No longer use SeeSaw
  • Students may line up to purchase food directly from the Caf although online ordering via Flexischools is still available until 9.30am 
  • Homework requirements
  • Photocopy card supplied

Each year we ask our Year 7 students how they felt about their transition into secondary school; the vast majority tend to comment that due to the caring and approachable nature of their teachers and Head of Year, they transition well and feel settled into secondary school within the first month, although some students can take around two terms to really settle in.

After the first month, if you or your child have any concerns about the transition then you should contact your child's Head of Year. This will ensure that any problems are addressed early rather than build up into seemingly insurmountable issues.

Books and e-learning resources, electives
BYOD program

All students from Year 7 onward will be required to have their own device. If purchasing a new device select one with a full operating system (Mac OS or Microsoft Windows) as this will become mandatory by 2022. Complete information about the program and requirements, as well as technical requisites of the devices, are available below. Please ensure you read it in full before purchasing a device for your child.

2021 Years 7 to 12 BYOD Device Requirements

Recommendations for BYO devices are:

Mac laptop running macOS Mojave or above, i.e. Macbook Air, Macbook Pro

Windows laptop running Windows 10 or above, i.e. Dell, HP, Acer etc.

iPad (iPad Air 2 or above, iPad Pro (any version), 2019 iPad, iPad mini 4 or above running iOS 13 or above.

The minimum specifications are outlined below:

Storage RAM Wi-fi Battery
iPad: 32GB + recommended Laptop: 128GB minimum
Laptop: 4GB minimum, 8GB recommended
For iPad we recommend Wi-Fi only to reduce cost and to ensure that Internet access is filtered whilst on campus
6+ hours (fully charged)

Other recommended accessories include:

  • Hebrew alphabet keyboard overlay or stickers
  • Protective screen cover
  • Protective case or suitable carry bag
  • Headphones

A list of possible laptop purchases can be found below (current as of September 2020):

Example 1: Based off price (Windows only)

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-14s-dk0087au-14-inch-laptop.html : $548

Example 2: Recommended (Windows)

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-pavilion-x360-14-inch-i5-10210u-8gb-256gb-ssd-16gb-ssd-2-in-1-device.html : $1399

Example 3: Recommended (Apple Mac)

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/apple-macbook-air-13-inch-128gb : $1499

Books / e-learning resources

For certain year levels the resources will contain options of eBooks or hard copy books. At the start of the new school year secondary students will be directed how to gain access to their electronic textbooks. There will also be a step-by-step guide published on our BYOD Portal. Unless directed on the booklist, it is a family’s choice whether a hard copy text book is purchased in addition to eBooks.

Please review the list of required apps which should be downloaded to your child's device before they commence school.

2021 Years 7 To 12 Essential Apps and Websites

It is the responsibility of students and parents to ensure that elective subjects have been confirmed prior to purchasing the text resources.

NB: Students will require their College email address to be able to access and download their e-learning resources. 

Book supplier

Campion Books is the designated supplier for Mount Scopus Memorial College. Booklists for all year levels for 2021 are now available.

Click here to access the full details of the resource ordering process.

There is a lot of information pertaining to this process so please read carefully and follow the Campion account set up in sequence.

Orders placed before Friday 11 December include free home delivery.

Years 7 and 8 lists

There are two booklists listed for each of Year 7 and Year 8. One is for Hebrew Immersion Students only and one is for all other students. This has been designed to remove any confusion about what resources are required for each stream.

Second-hand books

With the growth of eBooks and on-line second hand book services, the College is no longer able to viably offer its own service. If considering purchasing second-hand through any source, please note any instructions on the booklist about restrictions on buying second-hand items (mainly workbooks) and the eBook requirement, as eBook licenses are generally not resellable.

Electives

Throughout the secondary school years students are able to nominate electives or subject choices. These choices need to be submitted during the course of Term 3.

All new students will be sent information pertaining to subject choices at the appropriate time.

To review further information regarding each subject or elective, please review the curriculum handbook by clicking here.

Uniforms

The information relating to school uniforms is available by clicking here.

There are details of which items are compulsory and optional. The Summer uniform is permitted to be worn all year round; the Winter uniform is worn in Terms 2 and 3. In the case of significantly unseasonal weather this may be varied by the College. Students will also require a sports uniform which includes a sports top, sports shorts, sports jumper and tracksuit pants. The student’s house will be confirmed before they commence however in secondary school, the students all wear the same Scopus sports top.

Uniforms can be purchased from Dobson’s at 667 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn or can be ordered online at www.dobsons.com.au.

The Scopus wet weather coat is an optional item and available for purchase directly from the College, via the Sports Office on an ad hoc basis, subject to availability. Announcements are made at school regarding sale dates.

Second-hand uniforms are available for purchase at the Posh Opp Shoppe at 484 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick with proceeds going towards the JCAS (Jewish Children’s Aid Society) which helps integrate children with disabilities into Jewish day schools.

The JCAS strongly believes that every Jewish child has a right to a Jewish education regardless of their special needs. In addition, and just as importantly, a whole generation of school children are educated to embrace difference and welcome all Jewish children into the community. Mount Scopus College supports the JCAS and benefits from the support of disadvantaged students.

The Posh Opp Shoppe is open during the week which will allow parents to shop without making an appointment.

Transport

Mount Scopus operates a private bus network. Families can choose to use the bus on a permanent or casual basis.

  • Permanent usage incurs an annual charge, billed alongside the school tuition fees. Students can travel on their standard permanent route OR use the early or late buses as required for school activities.
  • Casual users are charged per use (currently $10 per trip) and have access to an online booking system. Casual users are not charged to use the early or late bus to attend an activity run by the College.

Students are required to tap on and tap off the bus for each journey with their bus pass that is provided to them when they start using the bus.

Bus route information

Bus routes, including bus stop and times information are reviewed each year in line with the changes to the distribution of addresses of families at the College using the bus service. The bus stop details will be made available via the bus portal in December, to allow plenty of time for parents and students to familiarise themselves with the location of their stops prior to the commencement of school.

Accessing bus route information

  • a notice is issued to parents once the information is available on the portal;
  • families will need their child's Student Code provided by the College to be able to set up a new account; this code is available via Parent Lounge (see the Website, apps and portals page for further details);
  • the set up will only work if the steps are followed in order;
  • three security questions will be required; student's first name, student's last name and the student code.

Tip: On occasion, students may need to use the early or late bus services which have two routes each. To determine the most convenient route / stop to use parents can refer to the map on the portal.

The links below provide the instructions to set up an account for the online transport system:

Permanent / yearly pass set up manual

Casual user pass set up manual

Winter Friday afternoon drop off times 

On Friday afternoons in Terms 2 and 3 and some other days as advised during the year, drop off times will be approximately 35 minutes earlier than the advised standard drop off stop time in line with the earlier starting time for Shabbat. 

Class placement

We understand that moving to a new school can be daunting for some students so we aim to meet reasonable requests for new students to be placed with someone who they may know.

As Year 7 sees a large influx into the College we ask parents of incoming Year 7 students to complete a class placement survey (see the Year 7 section below).

Students in Year 7 receive their class list and timetable during their orientation session prior to Day 1, or, if commencing after the start of the school year, on their first day at school.

Class placements for Year 8 upwards is facilitated in the LFSS and uses observations from the trial visits as well as other information provided.

Students in Year 8 and above receive their class list and timetable on their first day of school.

Hebrew classes are streamed according to level of ability and previous knowledge of the language. If a student’s ability is not aligned with the class they have been placed in then the opportunity exists for them to be moved to an appropriate class.

Class lists and family contact details for the year group will be made available to parents in the Parent Lounge once school commences. These lists are only to be used for contacting other families for invitations and the like. They are not to be used in any way for commercial or other purposes. It is up to parents to share their details via the Parent Lounge so if contact details are not visible it means the parent/s have chosen not to share them.

Communicating with parents
Parent communication

In the secondary school your child will be involved with various staff for their pastoral care as well as their education.

For pastoral care, your first point of contact is your child's Mechanech/et (homeroom teacher).

Overseeing the year level is the Head of Year who liaises closely with both Student Services and the Deputy Principal, Secondary School.

For educational queries, please contact the subject teacher directly. Teachers are available to answer any queries about your child throughout the year and are best contacted by email or via a phone call or message.

Students will receive a comprehensive academic report in Terms 2 and 4, and a monitoring report, which has marks rather than comments at the end of Term 1. The parent / teacher meetings are held in Terms 1 and 3. Click on the link below to see the assessment description used in academic reports .

MYP reporting descriptor codes

Communicating with separated parents

All communication with parents is predicated on the basis that, unless there are court orders in place to the contrary, parents share responsibility for the long term welfare of their children and have the right to be involved in, and communicated with about all relevant issues. 

Parents are responsible for advising the College of any changes in their family situation. If parents separate and then reconcile, this information should also be passed on to the College.

The College maintains systems which clearly show the details of both parents to teachers and other relevant staff who are responsible for communicating directly with individual families. Teachers and other staff are trained in how to read and act on this information.

The vast majority of information regarding students' activities and learning is posted on the Scopus App (and SeeSaw for ELC and school-aged children).

Emails or phone calls are only used for individual and private matters.

Consent is required from both parents for their child/ren to participate in some activities however if one parent does not respond, then it is presumed that they will abide by the response of the other parent. If one parent provides consent and the other withholds it then the student will not be able to participate in the activity.  

We understand that in some cases, communication between separated parents and sharing of details can be a sensitive issue. We urge all parents to understand that the procedures developed by the College are designed to place their child/ren's welfare as the top priority and allow the staff responsible for their well-being to proceed with clarity. Ensuring the information we have remains current is vital to achieving that outcome. 

Most tools used by the College (Scopus App, FlexiSchools, SeeSaw, QK Kiosk) are based on individual rather than family user so the processes do not differ for split families, However, for  the key tools, Parent Lounge and Operoo, separated parent/guardian users of these apps may have different or additional procedures when using them from other families - please click here to access.

Website, apps and portals

The following guide outlines the details for all year levels across the College.

College website

The College website hosts a range of information, including:

Campus details

Primary and Secondary curriculum handbooks,

College calendar

Parent handbook, 

Parent Lounge access,

Our Scopus Family - donations; volunteering; Parents Association, alumni, grandparents and friends

The Scopus Facebook page is also accessible via our website. Please note: in line with cyber safety guidelines we ask that photos are not tagged, nor any names of children in the photo divulged. You can ‘friend’ this page in order to access regular posts of photos and other information from across the College.

The Scopus YouTube channel is linked to the website.  It is worthwhile revisiting some recent announcements and Rabbi Kennard's end of term messages which really showcase the energy and diversity of what is on offer at Mount Scopus. 

Two of the key tools that are used at Scopus are the Parent Lounge and the Scopus App. 

Scopus App

Almost all daily information and notices, as well as newsletters are delivered via the Scopus App.  As all information is distributed via the Scopus App please take the time to read carefully to ensure that you subscribe to all relevant groups once you know your child's class placement. 

To access the installation guide click here

For details about groups you will need to subscribe to please click here

The App also hosts links to a range of other resources and portals for parents that are discussed in this guide, such as Flexischools, the Caf online ordering system; Operoo; the Campion resources list; and the Driver Bus online booking portal, as well as providing another convenient link to Parent Lounge.

Parent Lounge

You will be issued with information to access Parent Lounge in the lead up to your child commencing.  Parent Lounge is used for a range of purposes, primarily:

  • accessing school academic reports and in Year 7 onward, your child's ongoing assessment results, 
  • maintaining your current contact details, and sharing them with other parents in your child's year level, 
  • organising parent teacher interview times,  
  • paying school fees, and 
  • accessing 'How To' videos for the portals and apps - NB: you will only be able to access this once you are a current parent. . 

Operoo (formerly CareMonkey)

The College uses Operoo to fulfill its duty of care in medical and consent requirements for excursions and other off-campus activities. This system also provides you as parents with the opportunity to update medical information promptly and accurately.  

In the lead up to a student’s first day at school, parents will receive an invitation from Operoo to create a profile for their child, and share it with the College. Once you have created your child's profile, you can also opt to share them with any entity with a duty of care for your child/ren, eg Maccabi.

If you are already an Operoo customer through another organisation, you will be notified by the Operoo system that the College has joined. If so, adding the College as a trusted user is as simple as clicking on that notice.

Flexischools 

Cafeteria orders can be made via Flexischools. It is accessible via the Parent Resources section on the Scopus App or via a web browser - www.flexischools.com.au

Parents set up an account for each child and then can place orders ahead of time, or up to 9.30am on the morning that lunch is required. Orders can also be changed or cancelled.  

There is a range of daily specials, both hot and cold, that vary from day to day.

This is particularly handy if students have left their lunch at home and are not carrying cash with them.  

Some Parents Association lunch orders in the primary school are also made via Flexischools.

SeeSaw 

SeeSaw is an online learning journal and digital portfolio used at Mount Scopus from Little Learners to Year 6. 

Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share their learning and what's been happening in the classroom.

Parents need to download the Seesaw App via the App Store and then are invited by the class teacher to access their child's journal at the start of the year. 

Completion of data, medical and emergency contact information

No child will be able to commence at Scopus whilst there is any outstanding documentation.  

A copy of your child's birth certificate must be submitted if they were initially enrolled prior to 2018. 

Click here to access each instructions for each section and the applicable year levels, where relevant.

Extra-curricular activities

One of the hallmarks of a Scopus education is the vast range of extra-curricular programs on offer.

Whilst some take place during the course of the school day, others happen out of hours. To enable these to happen, the College operates two early and late bus routes which are available at no extra cost for both permanent and casual users to attend an activity run by the College.

The types of activities on offer will vary throughout the year, but may include the following:

Before school

  • early morning prayers (mandatory for all Year 7 boys for one semester)
  • optional girls prayer service and breakfast group
  • cross country running
  • swimming
  • gym
  • orchestra rehearsal
  • maths boot camp
  • enriched Jewish Studies classes

After school

  • homework club
  • play rehearsal
  • musical rehearsal
  • Outreach program
  • leadership program
  • Talmud class
  • volunteering
Performing Arts

Private music tuition

Mount Scopus operates an extensive music program with a range of performance opportunities.

Private instrumental and vocal tuition is available to take place at the College during school hours, or in some cases, after school, pending the teacher's availability. During school hours, students are withdrawn from classes on a rotating basis so they do not continually miss the same class.

Tuition is available in a wide range of instruments, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone

Music scholarships are awarded each year to students in the secondary school, based on ability, which either cover, or contribute to the cost of the music tuition. The scholarship auditions are held on a Sunday in Term 3 each year. Contact the Music department for further details.

College Musical

Every year LFSS stages a major production in the form of the College musical in Term 1. The announcement of the musical takes place around August, and is an event in it's own right at the College - click here to view the latest announcement.

Once the College has received all the required place acceptance documents for a student they become eligible to audition for a role in the musical.

Absences and attendance

If your child will be absent from school parents will need to acknowledge their child’s absences online, as well as to notify the college in advance of any absences.

All student absences need to be acknowledged by parents via Parent Lounge. Where the College hasn’t been pre-notified through Parent Lounge of a child’s absence, the system will generate a notification within Parent Lounge asking for the absence to be acknowledged; this is usually within 10 -15 minutes of the roll being marked. Rolls are marked twice daily, morning and afternoon. If by 11 am, a child’s absence has still not been acknowledged, a subsequent notification will be issued via SMS asking parents to log in to Parent Lounge and acknowledge.

Absence Notifications

As part of the changes parents can now notify the College via Parent Lounge of their child’s absence, either on the day, or for a future date during the current term. Absence notifications can be made at any time, including after hours and on weekends and ideally should be done as soon as possible before the child is due at school.

When notifying the College parents will be asked to advise the type of absence

  • Absent From School (where the child will be away for the whole day)
  • Late for School (where the child will be at school but is arriving late) or
  • Early Departure (where the child will be at school at the usual time but needs to leave early)

Parent will also need to select the reason for their child’s absence and are able to attach supporting documentation eg doctor’s certificates if required.

For compliance purposes all notifications are reviewed by staff before being processed into the attendance system and similar to our current manual system, parents may be contacted if staff have any questions or if more information is needed.

Below please find links to guides on how to use the attendance portal on parent lounge. There is one for accessing on a computer and one for accessing via mobile phones as the screens are slightly different.

Parent Lounge Absence Notifications Instructions

If your child is arriving late to school then they will need to register at the sign-in kiosk in the Secondary Office.

Students are expected to have a minimum attendance rate of 90% across the school year. This means that being absent for more than 18 days in one school year would fall short of this attendance rate.

Participation in a school organised event, such as Ulpan, school camps or optional trips is not considered to be an absence from school. This means that any other absences including participation in external programs or family holidays during school term, along with ad hoc sick days all count as days absent. Where possible, the College discourages parents from organising family holidays during school term.

Teachers are not required or expected to offer catch-up lessons to students who are absent from school for parent excused absences, such as family holidays. The responsibility lies with the student to catch up on the content they have missed.

In the case of an extended illness, parents should contact the Head of Year as early as possible to discuss a study schedule where appropriate. Teachers will try to assist students who have missed classes through illness.

In the case of students taking VCE subjects (Unit 1 & 2 and Unit 3 & 4), VCAA has a minimum requirement of 90% attendance in each subject, therefore students who miss out lessons in one subject to study for another risk jeopardising their VCE studies.

Students who miss classes may be penalised with a detention to make up their attendance rate.

Miscellaneous information
Student Photos

Class and individual student photos are generally taken in Term 1. All students commencing after that date will be sent by their Mech teacher to Reception to have their individual student photo taken shortly after they commence.

Student Cards

Students are provided with a student card that contains credit for photocopying. There is a cost to replace this if it is lost.

House

Houses are used in secondary school for some sports activities, as well as House Plays and on occasion for other events. New students are allocated based on balancing student / gender numbers within each year level in each house. Returning students will be placed in their old house, and siblings will be allocated into the same house where possible.

Cafeteria

The Scopus Cafeteria offers a range of cold and hot menu options that change seasonally and have alternating daily specials. Dietary requirements, such as gluten and dairy free, are also catered for.

The Caf is open for students attending before school activities, and remains open until the buses depart to allow those remaining for after school activities to purchase a snack.

Nut policy

The College has an ‘Allergy Aware’ policy. Staff and students are strongly encouraged not to bring nut or nut based products onto the College Campus, however this cannot be guaranteed. All anaphylactic students are strongly encouraged to question the ingredients of all foods they eat.

The College cafeteria and camping programs are ‘Nut Free’ as are all special school celebrations/activities catered for by the college.

Illness and medication

For your own child’s benefit, and the well-being of other students and staff please do not send sick children to school or kinder. An unwell child will not be able to concentrate or learn effectively, and conversely, risks becoming more unwell and delaying their recovery by not being able to rest.

Medication will only be administered for chronic illnesses, asthma or anaphylaxis. If your child requires other medication then they are not deemed well enough to be attending school.

Medication and applicators for chronic conditions and / or allergies, such as Epi-pens, asthma puffers are required to be kept at the Health Centre.

Fee statements

The initial fee statement and policy is sent out in mid-January. It will detail the amount due for all children registered at the College, including tuition fees, security levy and transport levy where appropriate. A direct debit form is included.

For new families, when you receive your fee statement it will include details required to access your Parent Lounge account.

Parent involvement

As students grow and progress into secondary school, they are encouraged to be more independent and responsible for their learning. Communication with parents has been outlined above however opportunities remain for parents to be meaningfully involved in events such as careers day, or share their expertise via the College Council which acts as an advisory body to the Principal in the areas of direction, philosophy and policy.

Useful contact information
LFSS Key Contacts

Once your child commences, the following are the key contact details you may require.

Principal’s Office: Rabbi Kennard 03 9834 0005
To contact College Principal only

Deputy Principals:

Deputy Principal, Secondary Sharon Stocker 03 8888 8503
Deputy Principal, Director of Alter Family School of Jewish Studies and Ivrit, Matti Borowski 03 9834 0003

Main Reception: 03 9834 0000

For general enquiries at the College
To contact specific heads of faculty
To contact all Secondary staff
To contact financial and clerical administrative staff
To contact Secondary Student Services
To contact Medical Centre

Lew Family Secondary School: 03 8888 8500

To contact VCE Co-ordinator
To contact Heads of Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Transport Office - email contact preferred transportoffice@scopus.vic.edu.au

Summary checklist

Summary checklist:

  • Year 7, 2021 parents please complete and submit class placement survey by Monday 2 December.
  • diarise to check books / resources page on Thursday 14 November for details of the online booklist and resource orders.
  • return permission form for transition visit by Thursday 19 November (Year 7 only)
  • order from book list / resource list by Friday 13 December for free home delivery
  • send end of year school report to wsaffer@scopus.vic.edu.au by Friday 18 December
  • download Scopus App by 15 January 2021
  • set up Driver Bus Lines online account by 15 January 2021
  • check information on Parent Lounge by 15 January 2021
  • complete child profile on Operoo by 15 January 2021
  • set up Direct Debit / fee payment by 28 January 2021
  • download required apps / e-learning resources onto device by 28 January 2021
Year level specific information
Year 7
Transition Day - Thursday 26 November, 2020

All new students who will be entering Year 7 next year are required to attend the Transition Day.

The day will include a number of activities, and opportunities for all students, both current and new, to spend time together. New students will have some assessments to ensure we can place them as well as possible from Day 1. Both these aspects will assist in class placements.

Following lunch together, the afternoon will be spent in the Secondary School for a variety of activities led by Secondary teaching staff, allowing all students to further familiarise themselves with the campus.

Only students whose place acceptance documentation has been returned are able to attend this day. Lunch will be provided, however a snack for recess will need to be brought from home. Students can wear casual clothes, including runners for a PE activity. Please return the Permission Form by Thursday 19 November. Information regarding bus stop and times will be provided on Monday 23 November, after the permission slip has been received.

Orientation Session - Friday 29 January, 2021

As the transition from Primary to Secondary school is a major one in a student’s educational journey the Year 7 students will have a special orientation session on the morning of Friday 29 January 2021 between 9.00am and 12.30pm which has proven successful in past years in putting our students at ease as they enter their secondary school years. This is the morning prior to the official start of the school year for all other year levels.

This session is mandatory and all Year 7 students are to attend in full school uniform. This session is for students only so parents may not remain at the College during the time between drop off and pick up. Students should bring their school books with them which they will be able to pack into their locker. Please ensure they bring a lock for their locker; a combination lock is recommended to avoid misplacing keys.

During this orientation session their Year Level Coordinator, who they will have met at the group orientation in November, will introduce them to their Mechanech (home room teacher) and learn about this program which provides pastoral care to each and every student. They will also find out their class allocation; learn how to use their School Diary as a means of tracking homework and assignments that are due; be allocated their school locker; learn their way around the Secondary School; and meet key personnel who will be responsible for various aspects of school life over the coming years. Please note: students must bring their device (tablet or laptop) with them so they can be logged on to the Scopus network, ensuring that it is fully charged up.

Project B'Yachad

Scheduled during Term 1, this program buddies groups of Year 7 students with Year 10 madrichim. Along with a range of bonding activities, the older students provide a sounding board for concerns and questions from everything about being organised to extra-curricular activities, and allow the Year 7 students to benefit from the voice of experience.

Parent orientation and social evening

A Year 7 orientation evening is scheduled for Thursday 18 February, 2021. As there is a significant intake into Year 7, this session includes an opportunity for continuing and new parents to mingle prior to the information session commencing.

Master Talmud elective

For those interested in extension in Jewish Studies, Year 7 and 8 students can choose to join a multi-media Master Talmud class which offers stimulating discussions about a range of issues raised within the texts. This class does not require previous knowledge of Talmud.

In Year 7, students doing the Talmud stream will miss one Jewish Studies class and one Hebrew class per week, and will also need to attend one early morning class each week, requiring them to travel on the early bus.

For further information, contact Rabbi Shamir Caplan on 9834 0000 or scaplan@scopus.vic.edu.au. Registrations are due by early November.

Bar Mitzvah Program / simcha register

The College runs meaningful programs for students approaching the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The Bat Mitzvah program will have taken place for girls in Year 6. For boys, Rabbi Avrohom Goldberg is available to provide individual tuition to learn the Parsha, Haftora, Brachot and relevant prayers, as well as helping understand the meaning of the Parsha, and support for the Dvar Torah/speech. He can also assist in working out which is the correct Parsha for boys, and help find a Shul where this special occasion can be celebrated. Boys in Year 7 are required to attend the early morning minyan for either the first or second semester (two terms) depending on their date of birth (even if their Bar Mitzvah has already taken place), where they are involved in running and learning about the service. In the week prior to the call-up, the family is invited to attend the minyan at the Shul at the Gandel Campus, Burwood followed by a breakfast.

The Parents Association coordinates volunteers who run the Simcha list to avoid clashes in scheduling Bar and Bat Mitzvah functions within a cohort. It is not compulsory to register. Please note that not all parents do register their simcha and not all parents will invite the whole year level. This will vary from family to family.

Contact the PA Administrator for further details.

Immunisations for Year 7, 2021

The Year 7 students will be having two immunisations, being the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the Diptheria-tetanus-Whooping cough booster vaccine (also known as Boostrix).

A card will be posted to you once your child's place is confirmed. Please complete the card and post it back to the school care of "Enrolments" whether your child is having the immunisations or not. Whitehorse require all cards to be returned.

Please return the cards by 13 November which will give Whitehorse time to process them before the end of the year.

The dates in 2021 for the immunisations are:

5 March - HPV (1st dose) & Boostrix

11 October - HPV (2nd dose)

Year 8
Orientation Session - Years 8 to 11

On Friday 29 January 2021, the morning prior to the official start of the school year, there will be a mandatory orientation for all students new to Mount Scopus entering into Years 8 to 11.

This session will take place between 9:15am and 11.30am during which students will learn more about the Secondary School structure and key personnel, meet their year level Coordinators, learn how to use the school diary, learn about the Mechanech (home room and pastoral care) program and the layout of the College. They will have the chance to familiarise themselves with the classroom locations and other specific facilities to help ease the transition process. Please note: students must bring their device with them so they can be logged on to the Scopus network, ensuring that it is charged up.

Students can come in smart casual clothing.

This session is for students only so parents may not remain at the College during this time.

Master Talmud class

For those interested in extension in Jewish Studies, Year 7 and 8 students can choose to join a multi-media Master Talmud class which offers stimulating discussions about a range of issues raised within the texts. This class does not require previous knowledge of Talmud.

In Year 8, students doing the Talmud stream will miss one Jewish Studies class per week, and will also need to attend one early morning class each week, requiring them to travel on the early bus.

For further information, contact Rabbi Shamir Caplan on 9834 0000 or scaplan@scopus.vic.edu.au. Registrations are due by early November.

Year 9
Orientation Session - Years 8 to 11

On Friday 29 January 2021, the morning prior to the official start of the school year, there will be a mandatory orientation for all students new to Mount Scopus entering into Years 8 to 11.

This session will take place between 9:15am and 11.30am during which students will learn more about the Secondary School structure and key personnel, meet their year level Coordinators, learn how to use the school diary, learn about the Mechanech (home room and pastoral care) program and the layout of the College. They will have the chance to familiarise themselves with the classroom locations and other specific facilities to help ease the transition process. Please note: students must bring their device with them so they can be logged on to the Scopus network, ensuring that it is charged up.

Students can come in smart casual clothing.

This session is for students only so parents may not remain at the College during this time.

Netzigim Program

Students entering into Year 9 have the opportunity to participate in the College’s Netzigim (Representatives) Program at the start of the year. The program provides training and development in general leadership skills and Jewish models of leadership. Graduates of this program will then be involved in developing and leading programs for other students during the course of a term.

Training takes place just prior to the start of the school year with a morning session from 9:00am to 11.30am on Thursday 28 January 2021. Further details will be sent out regarding the program to students entering Year 9.

Extension Jewish Studies 

In Years 9 and 10 students can opt for either the Core Jewish Studies class or there is an extension option to go into the Text class for their Jewish Studies . This provides students with extra depth in their Jewish learning within the regular class timetable. If your child is interested in this option then please email Matti Borowski on mborowski@scopus.vic.edu.au to register your interest. Once the class is full a waiting list will be created and families advised if a space becomes available.

Yorta Yorta B'Yachad - Community service trip

In Year 9 students at Mount Scopus have the opportunity to participate in the Yorta Yorta Beyachad program as part of the Year 9 Achshav Initiative. This program explores the connection between Jewish identity and the Indigenous history of Australia.

The program, run in conjunction with Stand Up, involves a series of interactive workshops running throughout Semester 1 and culminates in a four-day study-tour of Yorta Yorta country on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, where students will visit sacred sites and meet elders.

Information on this program is available from September onward. It is optional and has an additional levy (applied only if the study tour is able to proceed in 2021).

Year 10
Orientation Session - Years 8 to 11

On Friday 29 January 2021, the morning prior to the official start of the school year, there will be a mandatory orientation for all students new to Mount Scopus entering into Years 8 to 11.

This session will take place between 9:15am and 11.30am during which students will learn more about the Secondary School structure and key personnel, meet their year level Coordinators, learn how to use the school diary, learn about the Mechanech (home room and pastoral care) program and the layout of the College. They will have the chance to familiarise themselves with the classroom locations and other specific facilities to help ease the transition process. Please note: students must bring their device with them so they can be logged on to the Scopus network, ensuring that it is charged up.

Students can come in smart casual clothing.

This session is for students only so parents may not remain at the College during this time.

Extension Jewish Studies 

In Years 9 and 10 students can opt for either the Core Jewish Studies class or there is an extension option to go into the Text class for their Jewish Studies . This provides students with extra depth in their Jewish learning within the regular class timetable. If your child is interested in this option then please email Matti Borowski on mborowski@scopus.vic.edu.au to register your interest. Once the class is full a waiting list will be created and families advised if a space becomes available.

Hadracha Program

Students entering into Year 10 have the opportunity to participate in the College’s Hadracha (Leadership) Program at the start of the year. The program provides training and development in general leadership skills. Graduates of this program become the madrichim who run Jewish Studies activities and camps for Primary and Year 7 and 8 students.

Training takes place at the start of the year with a day session on Friday 29 January 2021 between 9am and 2pm, the day prior to the start of the school year. This is followed by after school session on Tuesday 2 February, following which students return home on the late bus (departing the College at 5.30pm). The training culminates in a seminar from Thursday 4 February to Sunday 7 February. Given that most of the year group participates in this program it would be a wonderful opportunity for new students to integrate into the year level and learn beneficial life skills. The Hadracha program is also a prerequisite for leadership roles in the College, and an advantage for those students seeking such leadership roles as captaincy.

Year 11
Orientation Session - Years 8 to 11

On Friday 29 January 2021, the morning prior to the official start of the school year, there will be a mandatory orientation for all students new to Mount Scopus entering into Years 8 to 11.

This session will take place between 9:15am and 11.30am during which students will learn more about the Secondary School structure and key personnel, meet their year level Coordinators, learn how to use the school diary, learn about the Mechanech (home room and pastoral care) program and the layout of the College. They will have the chance to familiarise themselves with the classroom locations and other specific facilities to help ease the transition process. Please note: students must bring their device with them so they can be logged on to the Scopus network, ensuring that it is charged up.

Students can come in smart casual clothing.

This session is for students only so parents may not remain at the College during this time.

Outreach Program

The Outreach Program participants represent Mount Scopus College and the Jewish community of Melbourne to non-Jewish students from a range of participating schools in Terms 2 and 3, following a number of training sessions in Term 1. Participation in the program benefits students in terms of their own Jewish identity, as well as honing their presentation skills. The program is coordinated by Rabbi Shamir Caplan. Click here to access the registration form, which also includes the dates students are required.