Jewish schools in Victoria’s elite

Rabbi James Kennard

OUTSTANDING VCE results have ensured Melbourne’s Jewish schools will retain their places in the state’s elite, with at least one student from every school attaining an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) in the top percentile.

A record 15 students, or 13 per cent of the class of Mount Scopus Memorial College students, achieved a score of 99 or above. Of the 119 ATAR scores, 30 per cent were 95 or above and a further 46 per cent achieved 90 or over.

“Among our top students are many who have gained so much from Scopus – the Jewish life, the performing arts and sports programs, and now they have shown their academic excellence as well,” principal Rabbi James Kennard said.

At Bialik College, 13.7 per cent of students scored in the top percentile, while 31.5 per cent scored in the top five per cent.

A remarkable 36 per cent of study scores were over 40, placing the students in the top eight per cent of the state.

Bialik principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner was full of praise for the class of 2012.

“The Bialik College community is thrilled that once again all students have excelled, not just those who would traditionally achieve outstanding results – which they have – but also those students whose hard work and determination has ensured that they also have achieved that potential.”

With the highest proportion of students notching scores of 90 or above was Leibler-Yavneh College with 61 per cent hitting the mark.

Principal Roy Steinman said the outstanding results was a “tribute” to the students’ hard work and their teachers, who gave “above and beyond”.

The King David School also impressed, with 51 per cent of its 51 students recording scores of 90 or more and 28 per cent of its students achieving study scores above 40.

Principal Michele Bernshaw said “a culture of good work ethic” accounts for  students’ strong performance.

The median ATAR was 90.4 at Beth Rivkah Ladies College this year, with a quarter of the students achieving study scores above 40.

Beth Rivkah principal Mr Shmuel Gurewicz noted that the graduating class also underwent a compulsory 12 lessons of Jewish studies a week – which was not included in the VCE curriculum.

More than a quarter of students at Yeshivah College scored 95 or above, and more than one-third of all study scores were over 40.


Mount Scopus principal Rabbi James Kennard.