Meet our Principal

Choosing a school is a very important decision. Wherever you select will be your partner in your child's education, working with you to guide them through many crucial stages of development. As the Principal of Mount Scopus College, I'd like to tell you a bit about Scopus, what we stand for and what we aim to achieve. I hope this information will help you as you consider schools for your child.

Principal - Rabbi James Kennard

Mount Scopus Memorial College is a co-educational, inclusive Orthodox and Zionist Jewish day school. The prime objective of the College is to provide dynamic, rigorous and values-based Jewish and general education. We focus on the full and balanced development of each child in an environment that is supportive of their aspirations and potential. We believe that education is a pleasurable and enriching experience - and that all students are deserving of success.

The Scopus Values are expressed in our Mission Statement:

Promote Excellence in Learning
The Holistic Development of each student
Foster Jewish identity and values through meaningful and enjoyable Jewish learning experiences
Engender a commitment to Community and Service as Jews, Australians and global citizens.

Research has consistently shown the value of a Jewish day school education in ensuring that children grow up to be proud and committed Jews, with the skills to succeed in an increasingly complex world. It is probably the most important investment you will ever make!

Mount Scopus has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading Jewish day schools since we opened our doors in 1949, and continues to be a school of innovation and excellence. We have developed our own unique Jewish studies curriculum, and we are the only Jewish day school in Melbourne to have a relationship with the International Baccalaureate Organisation. We implement its Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme which promote the development of positive attributes, lifelong learning skills and an awareness and appreciation of the world.

Perhaps most importantly, Scopus offers a happy, inclusive environment where students thrive because they enjoy their learning. As an educator, as a parent, and as a grandparent, I know we can ask for nothing better.

Rabbi James Kennard