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Student Wellbeing

Mount Scopus Memorial College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our College community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive, inclusive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of all children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development. 

The College's Learning Support Centre supports children in their academic learning, and aims to create a learning environment that is both motivating and suitable for the full range of diversity and ability among our students. Within this environment we provide learning opportunities that are stimulating, relevant and developmentally appropriate, where children's individual strengths are recognised and valued.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is inextricably interwoven with the school’s curriculum and social organisation.

Various support services and special programs are conducted to support the all round wellbeing and personal development of our students, including:

Integration

The College supports the inclusion of students with a disability and promotes respect and tolerance for individual differences. Each student on the Integration Program has a flexible and individualised program that establishes short and long-term goals and is regularly monitored by the members of the Program Support Group (PSG).

All students are invited to attend the homework club which runs on Thursday afternoons (excluding the first and last week of term) from 4.15pm – 5.15pm. A literacy and maths teacher are in attendance to assist students who need help. A late bus is available to take students home.

Student Support

Student Services supports children in their academic learning, focusing on literacy and numeracy. We aim to create a learning environment that will be both motivating and suitable for the full range of diversity among our students. Within this environment we provide learning opportunities that are stimulating, relevant and developmentally appropriate, where children’s individual strengths are recognised and valued.

Student Services provides additional support for students at risk of being unable to access the regular year level curriculum due to significant learning gaps and / or learning disabilities. The primary focus of Student Services is to ensure all students have adequate English skills. Identified students may need diagnostic assessments before being offered individual or small group instruction.

During the secondary years, additional English classes at Years 8, 9 and 10 focus on the re teaching and revision of essential English skills. In some cases, staff members are supported in the preparation and modification of work to suit individual students who cannot fully participate in the regular program.

A support teacher for mathematics works in conjunction with the Year 7, 8 and 9 maths teachers.  Assistance is provided as needed, within the classroom, for small groups or on an individual basis.

Counselling

The College psychologist endeavours to provide services that optimise the wellbeing of students and staff at the College. To do this the psychologist assists with programs that are conducive to promoting healthy attitudes and behaviour. When necessary the psychologist can provide additional mental health intervention on an individual or group basis.

The psychologist is the professional to consult if your child is having difficulties concentrating on school-work, is anxious, has friendship issues or is affected by a crisis at home.

Mechanech Program

Mechanchim share the development of the child with parents and subject teachers who work closely with Heads of Year and support staff. As such, they are the people to contact initially about a child’s general academic or personal progress at the College.

The Mechanech Program is a combination of pastoral care, personal development, human relations and social skills. It is specifically designed to cater for the changing student needs at each year level, and can also be structured to adapt to issues arising at a particular year level. Mount Scopus has an ongoing commitment to the welfare and growth of the whole child.

Child Protection 

Our Child Protection Policy forms part of our Parent Handbook, which is available on our 'Scopus Parents' page or by clicking here.

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