Where will the centre be located?
Our preferred site is the whole or part of the Caulfield Hospital site. That is where our focus with the Government has been.
When will the centre be ready?
We are working as fast and proficiently as possible to turn this concept into reality. Once we have exact time frames available to share, we will post it on our website.
When will the project timeframe be announced?
We plan to share the exact timeframe of the scope of works as they become available. Keep an eye on our website for further updates.
Will the new centre be all inclusive of Burwood, GBH and FKI campuses?
It is our current intention to, at a minimum, house Prep-Year 12 on the new campus.
Will the new centre be a community hub to include opportunities for other Jewish schools to use the facilities?
Our vision for the site is for it to be a true home for the community to share and use. That is why it will be known as the Centre for Jewish Life. There will be opportunities for other schools to use the facilities.
What will be included in the new centre?
Our intention is for the Centre for Jewish life to incorporate: the Mount Scopus College Gandel Campus; a Sports Precinct in partnership with Maccabi Victoria; a Jewish Community Centre (including Beth Weizmann); a Centre for Adult Education; a Wellness Hub; a Centre for Creative Arts; and a Music and Performing Arts Precinct that will include a Performing Arts Complex. It will also have function venues, lecture theatres, cafes, a shule, a library and a whole range of other facilities.
Will GBH, FKI and Burwood campuses close down?
Our intention is to consolidate the 3 existing campuses onto the site. However, the precise details as to how or whether this will be achieved are yet to be determined.
Will the Scopus community be involved in the design and layout?
The school facilities will be designed with the input of our senior management, the College’s lay leadership and professional consultants retained by the College.
What is the thinking behind the move?
This project will bring a renewed unity to all of the College’s endeavours: the potential consolidation of the three campuses will enhance cohesion, reduce cost for families by eliminating bus fees and provide new facilities for the future to replace old and inefficient facilities, all in an environmentally sustainable manner. The location in the centre of Melbourne’s Jewish heartland will bring the school and its families closer together by eliminating travelling distance, and state-of-the-art facilities will be available for the whole community to enjoy.
What consultation has taken place so far to enable the project to get to this stage?
Over 150 organisations were approached about the project initially, inviting them to contribute to the vision as the site plans develop. Additional discussions were also held with local organisations outside of the Jewish community, and collaboration will continue as the project progresses. We have also researched local, state and federal government reports in order to enable us to understand current and projected areas of need, in relation to sporting and cultural areas.
How will this impact on school fees?
The practical benefits of relocating the school will enable the amalgamation of resources, and our hope is that this project results in more Jewish children having the chance to receive a life-changing Jewish education. We expect school fees will be reduced substantially as a result of this move
What will happen to Caulfield Hospital?
This is a matter for the Government but Mount Scopus is open to sharing the site with a new Hospital or taking over the whole site.