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Mount Scopus Memorial College: Become a member of the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria.

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The Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV), under the auspices of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Health in Victoria, 'aim[s] to reduce homophobia and transphobia in schools, and to create learning environments where every student can learn, every teacher can teach, and every family can belong'. 

More concretely, it provides training and resources to member schools to enable them to create and sustain a safe and welcoming campus environment for queer students. 

Like all schools, Mount Scopus Memorial College (MSMC) has a responsibility to ensure that every one of its students and teachers feels and is safe on campus. Becoming a member of SSCV would demonstrate MSMC's commitment to ensuring that all young people are welcome and valued at the school, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

It would also send a strong message to the Melbourne and Australian Jewish communities that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer young people, as full members of Klal Yisrael (the Jewish people), are entitled to and must be treated with respect and dignity.

As ex-collegians, current students, teachers, and friends, we call on MSMC immediately to become a member of the SSCV, to publicly affirm its commitment to providing a safe and respectful campus environment for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other queer students and teachers, and to take all necessary steps to ensure that its campus is a safe space for all, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

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