Smorgon Family Primary School - Years 4 to 6 - starting information

We welcome you to the Smorgon Family Primary School at Mount Scopus Memorial College.

This is the parent information guide for the Smorgon Family Primary School (SFPS) which houses Years 4 to 6 at the Gandel Campus in Burwood. 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. Please click through on each topic to access the information that you will need.

School commencement and school hours

School commences on Monday 1 February, 2021.

Monday to Thursday               8.50am – 3.30pm

Friday                           

(Summertime Terms 1 & 4)     8.50am – 3.30pm

(Wintertime Terms 2 & 3 )      8.50am – 2.55pm


Buses leave 10 minutes after closing times 

Complete information regarding school dates for the coming two years can be found on the Mount Scopus Calendar.

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


Timetables are issued to students and parents once they commence, which detail specialty lessons and which days sports uniform is required to be worn.

Transition and orientation opportunities
Transition visit

New students joining the College are invited for a transition visit toward the end of the school year. This visit is invaluable, when all of our current continuing students and those joining the College next year come together for the first time. Not only does it assist the staff with organising class placements, it also helps students further familiarise themselves with the campus. 

See the Year Level Specific Information tab for further details. 

Pre-commencement campus visit

After the summer holiday break some students may benefit from another visit to the school prior to commencing, where they can see their classroom and meet their teacher prior to the first day. Brief visits can be scheduled on the Thursday or Friday prior to school commencing. 

Orientation evening

The 2021 SFPS parent orientation evening will take place on Wednesday 10 February at SFPS in Burwood. You will hear from the campus leadership, tour the campus and have the opportunity to learn about the program for the year, meet your child's teachers, and the other parents in the class.

Further details will be sent at the start of the year.

Post day 1 starters

Each year some students commence after the beginning of the school year leading to 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 however if you have any concerns please discuss them directly with your class teacher in the first instance.


Books and uniforms

Enrolling at a new school becomes more tangible once new books and uniforms are purchased. 

The guide below outlines the processes around these and other areas. 

Books and learning resources 

Our Primary Bulk Stationery program  includes all book list items for Primary students. This effectively means that there will be no book lists for Primary students moving forward and that all resources including stationery and Jewish Studies texts and siddurim, haggadot and chumashim will be provided within the classroom as required throughout the year. The cost of these resources has been included in the tuition fee. Requirements have again been reviewed with further costs savings achieved and passed on to parents via a lower impost in the school fees.

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 unseasonable weather this may be varied by the College.  

NB: Shoes - please note that students can choose to wear black leather school shoes OR fully black runners (including black laces) as per the uniform list. 

NB: Year 3 students only - Students entering Year 3 will also require a sports uniform which includes a sports top, sports shorts, sports jumper and tracksuit pants.  Students’ sport house will be confirmed before they commence as a house-coloured sports top is required. 

Ashkanasy = green

Bialik = red

Hillel = blue

Monash = yellow

Uniforms can be purchased from Dobson’s at 667 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn or can be ordered online at www.dobsons.com.au. The password is MTS4335. 

Second-hand uniforms

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.

BYOD program and e-learning resources
Year 4 and 5 students

In Years 4 and 5 the iPad continues to meet the needs of learners given the range of educationally relevant apps available, together with ready access to a camera. This combined with the mobility, weight and durability of iPads continues to make the iPad the appropriate learning device for students in these year levels for the foreseeable future.

All iPads connected to the College network have had the Messages application blocked. We anticipate that this will reduce the potential for distraction during school learning times.

Devices are connected to the College which  filters and monitors all internet traffic that flows through our network. 

We encourage parents to practice and demonstrate safe internet usage to and with your children. Please click here to access further information on this.

Students will receive a College-owned iPad that will be managed and maintained by the College. The devices will remain on the College grounds at all times, stored and charged in classrooms overnight. This will alleviate the pressure of being responsible for an expensive device to transport every day to and from school. The College will provide a case with keyboard for the iPads.

Parents will need to provide volume limited headphones with, if possible, an inbuilt microphone suitable for children. These can be find at general department stores as well as specialist audio stores. If purchasing wireless headphones you will need to ensure that they are also charged overnight, along with the device.

Year 6 students

For many years, our Year 6 students have used family-owned personal iPads, which have been an invaluable element of our practice from the time our students enter kindergarten. However, as they begin their transition to secondary schooling, so too should they begin to transition the way they use their devices as tools for learning, communication, creativity, and collaboration.

For the last two years, students have used school-supplied iPads to support their learning. The iPad has met the needs of all students in their primary years with its apps providing many creative and innovative learning opportunities across all learning areas. As our Year 5’s transition into Year 6, new technology skills are required to be taught and our College owned iPad program will come to a halt.

As such, Year 6 students from 2021 onwards will use a family-owned personal device. Whilst the College’s recommendation is for your child to use a laptop where possible, an iPad or similar tablet technology will also be deemed appropriate.

Importantly, the Secondary school has advised that for the 2022 school year, Apple iPads will not be deemed a suitable device for Year 7 students and that a laptop or ‘hybrid’ device will be mandatory. It is therefore recommended that families DO NOT purchase a brand new Apple iPad for the 2021 school year. 

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

Transport

To ease the logistics for parents of school aged children, the College offers 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 a before school or after school 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 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 to be able to set up a new account; this code is available via Parent Lounge (see the Website, apps and portals tab 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


FRIDAY AFTERNOON DROP OFF TIMES 

On Friday afternoons, and some other days as advised, drop off times vary from the advised standard (Monday to Thursday) stop time as follows: 

Terms 1 and 4 (Summertime):  40 minutes earlier

Terms 2 and 3 (Wintertime):    60 minutes earlier

Class placement and lists
Class placements

Class lists are organised by the Campus Coordinator together with the teachers of the previous year level. Information received from parents, as well as observations from the trial visit are factors considered when placing new students, along with balancing numbers of students and learning needs across the year level. We ensure that new students are placed with at least one requested friend where applicable. Where this is not deemed to be in the best interests of the student/s then parents will be contacted.

For NEW students entering into SFPS please complete the class placement information survey by TBA.

SFPS 2021 class placement information survey

Hebrew classes are streamed according to level of ability in Years 5 and 6. In Year 6, students allocated to the Hebrew extension level will also study Jewish Studies in the Hebrew 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

Students will receive their class list prior to the Summer holidays; this will allow the opportunity to socialise with children in their class over the break.

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, fundraising or other purposes.


NB: 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

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 classroom teacher.  Your child’s teachers will contact you shortly after  your child commences. 

Overseeing the pastoral care of all students is the ELC or Campus Coordinator, who liaises closely with the classroom teachers and  Student Services. The Deputy Principal - Primary, is also at the campus regularly throughout each week.  

For educational queries, please contact the classroom  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 message which will be returned when they are not teaching. 

The parent / teacher meetings are held in Terms 1, 2 and 4 for ELC students and Terms 1 and 3 for school-aged students.

School-aged students will receive a comprehensive academic report in Terms 2 and 4. 

If you have any concerns about your child which you feel you need to advise prior to commencement then please contact Enrolments.

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

  • cross country running
  • swimming
  • cooking breakfast for the swim squad (Year 6 only)
  • orchestra rehearsal
  • support classes


After school

  • Achrayim leadership program (Year 6 only)
  • volunteering
  • robotics / coding club

Every term a wide array of lunch time enrichment clubs are also offered. Whilst some are year level specific, others are on offer to all SFPS students. They encompass sporting activities, craft, garden and pet club, and musical options. Activities vary on a term by term basis in line with seasonal considerations. Students are invited to sign up to participate and are expected to attend for the entire term. Whilst not compulsory, many students will choose to participate.

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.

Primary Musical

Every two years SFPS stages a musical in Term 2 which includes every student from Year 3 to Year 6. This allows students to develop confidence in performing. The main roles are allocated to Year 5 and 6 students, whilst Year 3 and 4 students participate in year wide chorus performances. The musical is usually based around an event in Australian history, providing a learning opportunity too. The next musical is scheduled for 2021.

Miscellaneous information
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. 

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. 

Child Care Subsidy

Both the ELCs and OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) programs are approved programs and attract the government subsidy for eligible families who have submitted the required information. The fee statement will reflect the full fees prior to the subsidy, but the subsidy will be received directly from the government and credited to the parent account after the year has commenced. 

Parent involvement / volunteering

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to volunteer for various activities, including reading to the children in the kinders and lower primary levels, tuckshop and lunch order, cooking club and other events from time to time.   

Parents are also invited to assist on some school excursions, but will be required to undertake some basic security training. 

A Working With Children Check is required for all volunteers at the College. 

Opportunities also are available  for parents to be meaningfully involved in events such as careers day, or share their expertise via the Parents Association or the College Council which acts as an advisory body to the Principal in the areas of direction, philosophy and policy. 

Parents Association (PA)

The Parents Association is very active throughout the kinder and primary year levels with varying activities, such as the weekly Challah stall, Mothers and Fathers Day gift stalls, and social and fundraising events.  

The PA also coordinates volunteers for a number of years in advance who run the Simcha list to avoid clashes in scheduling Bar and Bat Mitzvah functions.  Contact the PA Administrator to request further information regarding the Simcha list for your child's year.

Cafeteria

The Scopus Cafeteria offers a range of healthy cold and hot menu options prepared onsite 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.

Parents can order online via Flexischools (see the website, apps and portals page) or students can place their order with cash in an envelope directly into their class esky at the start of the school day.

Holiday Program

Students from Prep to Year 6 are able to book into the Holiday Program which operates from Gandel Besen House. The program offers a range of themed incursions and exciting and interesting excursions. Information about the program and booking procedures is released approximately two weeks prior to commencement.

The holiday program operates during all school holidays and staff development days, excluding Jewish holidays (including all of Pesach), public holidays, two weeks over the Summer break, and the three days prior to the commencement of the school year.

Sport House

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. House placements will be advised in November to allow parents time to purchase the house coloured sports top. Parents of students entering into Year 6 may choose to purchase the generic secondary sports top which will be required from Year 7 onward.

Student Photos

Class and individual student photos are generally taken in Term 1. All students commencing after that date will be sent by their teacher to the Primary Office to have their individual student photo taken shortly after they commence. In 2021 the photo day is scheduled for Tuesday 9 February.

Summary checklist

Summary checklist for NEW STUDENTS:

  • complete and submit child profile form by Thursday 29 October
  • return permission form for transition visit as directed
  • complete medical and emergency contact information no later than Thursday 3 December
  • send end of year school report to wsaffer@scopus.vic.edu.au by Friday 18 December
  • schedule pre-commencement parent/child/teacher meeting prior to school commencement if required
  • download SeeSaw App by 15 January 2021
  • 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 28 January 2021
  • set up Direct Debit / fee payment by 28 January 2021
  • download required apps / e-learning resources onto device by 28 January 2021
Useful contact information

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, Primary        Greg Hannon             03 9900 4602

Deputy Principal, 

Director of Alter Family School of Jewish Studies and Ivrit

                                                   Matti Borowski            03 9834 0003


SFPS Reception:                                                            03 9834 0100

Campus Coordinator               Dana Rosenzweig       03 9834 0181


Main Reception:                                                           03 9834 0000  

For general enquiries at the College  

To contact financial and clerical administrative staff  

To contact Medical Centre

Enrolments:                                                                   03 9834 0070

Parents Association Administrator                             03 9834 0160

                                                                    

Accounts:

Tuition fee payments                Carmen Stania            03 9834 0026

Holiday program payment  enquiries

                                                    Edit Kucharski              03 9834 0023

Fee assistance enquiries          Laurent Schonker        03 9834 0027 

Year level specific information
Year 4
Transition Days - Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December, 2020

As Year 4 is the first level at the Smorgon Family Primary School at the Gandel Campus in Burwood, this is a new learning environment for all students, whether joining the College anew or progressing from Year 3 at Gandel Besen House.

Accordingly, there is a two day transition program scheduled for all current and joining students in that cohort.

The days will include a number of activities both in the Year 4 learning spaces as well as using the different facilities and areas around the Gandel Campus and opportunities for all students, both current and new, to spend time together. This will assist in class placements for students.

On Wednesday morning all students will travel from Gandel Besen House, departing at 8.50am. On Wednesday afternoon and both journeys on Thursday the students will travel on the school bus network, which forms an integral part of the school day for Scopus students. Even if your child will only use the school bus on a casual basis, or only for before and after school activities, it is recommended that they use the bus for their transition visits to provide a level of familiarity with the process.

Only students whose place acceptance documentation has been returned are able to attend these days. Lunch will be provided on the Wednesday, however a snack for recess and lunch for Thursday will need to be brought from home. Students can wear casual clothes, including runners for a PE activity.

NEW students only - please return the Permission Form by Monday 30 November, 2020  to dkain@scopus.vic.edu.au.

The bus details will be issued to all current and new students in the days prior. Please note that the bus and bus stop used for the transition visit may not be the same one allocated in 2021 as the routes are reviewed over the summer break each year.

Year 4 camp

The Year 4 camp is scheduled for November 2021. Further information will be provided next year.

Simcha register

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, not all parents will invite the whole year level, and the list is for all events in that year which will include simchas of other children not in the same year level, ie Batmitzvahs from the year below or possibly some Barmitzvahs from the year above. Contact the PA Administrator for further details.

Year 5
Transition Day - Monday 16 November, 2020

All new students joining Mount Scopus in Year 5 and Year 6 in 2021 are invited for a transition day.

New students will be allocated into a class with their current cohort. Time will be spent in the class which allows teachers to observe the students . Along with information from their trial visit, this will assist in class placements for students.

The visiting students will tour the campus and hear from key staff about their roles, as well as from current SFPS students about different aspects of life in Year 5 and Year 6 at Mount Scopus.

Students will travel on the school bus network. Even if your child will only use the school bus on a casual basis, or only for before and after school activities, it is recommended that they use the bus for their transition visits to provide a level of familiarity with the process.

Only students whose place acceptance documentation has been returned are able to attend. A snack for recess and lunch should be brought from home. Students can wear casual clothes, including runners for a PE activity. Please return the Permission Form by Wednesday 11 November, 2020.

Details of each student's bus journeys will be sent closer to the date once the permission slip has been received. Please note that the bus and bus stop used for the transition visit may not be the same one allocated in 2021 as the routes are reviewed over the summer break each year.

Year 5 camp

The Year 5 camp is scheduled for November 2021. Further information will be provided next year.

Simcha register

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, not all parents will invite the whole year level, and the list is for all events in that year which will include simchas of other children not in the same year level, ie Batmitzvahs from the year below or possibly some Barmitzvahs from the year above. Contact the PA Administrator for further details.

Year 6
Transition Day - Monday 16 November, 2020

All new students joining Mount Scopus in Year 5 and Year 6 in 2021 are invited for a transition day.

New students will be allocated into a class with their current cohort. Time will be spent in the class which allows teachers to observe the students . Along with information from their trial visit, this will assist in class placements for students.

The visiting students will tour the campus and hear from key staff about their roles, as well as from current SFPS students about different aspects of life in Year 5 and Year 6 at Mount Scopus.

Students will travel on the school bus network. Even if your child will only use the school bus on a casual basis, or only for before and after school activities, it is recommended that they use the bus for their transition visits to provide a level of familiarity with the process.

Only students whose place acceptance documentation has been returned are eligible to attend. A snack for recess and lunch should be brought from home. Students can wear casual clothes, including runners for a PE activity. Please return the Permission Form by Wednesday 11 November, 2020.

Details of each student's bus journeys will be sent closer to the date once the permission slip has been received. Please note that the bus and bus stop used for the transition visit may not be the same one allocated in 2020 as the routes are reviewed over the summer break each year.

Year 6 camp

The Year 6 camp is a key highlight of the program at Mount Scopus. Students travel to Sydney and then on to Canberra for a four day visit of some major institutions. These have included attending a session at the Parliament of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the Israeli Embassy and Questacon.

The camps are scheduled in May 2021, subject to COVID restrictions in place at that time. Further information will be provided in due course.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs

The College runs an array of meaningful programs for Bnei Mitzvah.

For girls, the program runs in Year 6 and includes a range of components which families can choose from to provide a tailored program to suit their needs and interests. The options include a mother / daughter learning program, a mother/daughter Shabbaton weekend, assistance in Dvar Torah preparation, leyning, and an end of year ceremony. Contact Liora Miller for further information.

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. Whilst most of this will take place in Year 7, many boys will start their learning in Year 6.

Simcha register

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, not all parents will invite the whole year level, and the list is for all events in that year which will include simchas of other children not in the same year level, ie Batmitzvahs from the year below or possibly some Barmitzvahs from the year above. Contact the PA Administrator for further details.