Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 8 September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers
 
Student Free Days - Wednesday, September 9 & Friday, September 18
A reminder:
  • TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 9 is a student free day.  There will be NO on-site supervision and no remote learning classes.
  • Thursday, September 17 is final day for Term 3, Friday, September 18 is a Student Free Day.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interview bookings for this Thursday, September 10 have now closed.  Bookings for next Thursday, September 17 are currently open.
 
VCE Practice Exams
VCAA guidelines state that practice exams cannot be held on site.  Practice exams are crucial preparation for VCE external exams. Therefore, the College expects all students to complete practice exams according to the published schedule at home.
  • Individual practice exam packs will be compiled for each student, and can be collected from the main reception from September 15 to September 17. The first schedule practice exam is English on September 18. (Term 3 Student Free Day)
  • Students are to ensure they complete the practice exams simulating VCAA exam conditions and following the schedule as previously advised.
  • Students are required to return all the completed practice exams when they attend the GAT at school on Wednesday, October 7.
If you have any queries regarding practice exams, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Susan Nabbs - Director of Learning and Teaching.
 
Week 1 Term 4 (October 5-9)
  • Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students for Week 1 of Term 4.
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided consistent with existing guidelines.
  • VCE and VCAL students may complete assessment tasks on-site during the week of October 5 – 9.   Teachers will communicate with you if this is an expectation for your subject. 
  • The GAT will be conducted at school on Wednesday, October 7 - students will be required to attend on-site.  More details to will be sent. 
Return to On-site Learning (October 12 onwards)
All students from Year 7 to Year 12 will return to full-time on-site schooling on Monday, October 12.  We look forward to seeing all students back in class.
 
Year 12 Graduation 2020 - Thursday December 3
Assuming rural Victoria remains on track with the road map outlined by the Victorian Government on Sunday, September 6, we would like to outline the process for the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony in 2020:
  • Year 12 graduation ceremony this year will have no dinner gathering, it will be a formal ceremony only. The formal ceremony is normally done each year in the stadium from 6:00pm – 7:15pm just prior to the dinner gathering.
  • The event will be live streamed to families and those present at the live stream will be limited to Year 12 Students graduating and associated staff such as Heads of House, Pastoral Group Teachers, Leadership Executive and support staff.
  • Year 12 students will be asked to attend in formal wear as they would normally do for graduation and attend the livestream event before heading off to celebrate with their family and friends.
  • At this stage we have three viable options to conduct the live stream event and the option we choose will depend on the restrictions being imposed at that time for small/medium size gatherings. We will choose the option that gives us the largest possible gathering.
    1. Gathering of around 50 people allowed – We would do House by House, so there would be six separate presentations.
    2. Gatherings of up to 100 allowed – We would do Sister Houses, so there would be three separate presentations.
    3. Gatherings of 250 or more allowed – We would do just the one presentation for all students.
  • All presentations will be done on the same afternoon/evening and will run one after the other.
Notre Dame College leadership, which includes our student leaders, are keen to consult with the community on the finer details of the presentation of graduands and the awarding of their certificate. We would like to make this as interactive and engaging as possible.
 
We are forming a small committee of parents, teachers, students and leaders to discuss this event, if you are interested in contributing and are able to attend several remote meetings over the next month or so, please contact Mr Les Billings – Deputy Principal Catholic Identity by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coronavirus Update from Kris Walker - 2 September 2020

Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews using Microsoft Teams
 Instructions for Parents and Students

Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews provide an opportunity for parents and students to meet with subject teachers, Pastoral Group Leaders, Heads of House and Learning Enrichment coordinators to discuss student progress, acknowledge the areas in which the student is doing well and provide suggestions for ways in which the student can continue to improve their performance.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews for students will be held online using Microsoft Teams on:

Thursday 10th September
and
Thursday 17th September

from 4:00pm - 7:30pm

The Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews together with the Term 3 Remote Learning Work habits and Online Progressive Feedback provides opportunities for parents and students to have genuine feedback on their progress and performance.  We encourage all parents to attend Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews and to regularly review their child’s performance via Notre Dame Engage.

Booking Interviews

Bookings are conducted online via the College Engage Portal which allows parents to make their own appointments on the designated dates.  The bookings will close at 2:00pm the afternoon prior to each interview day.  If you are having trouble making bookings, please contact College Reception on 5822 8400 and one of the staff will assist you. See How to Book a PTI Meeting

On the day of interviews

Timetabled classes after lunch on the day of parent teacher interviews will not feature synchronous lessons. Teachers will schedule the google classroom that outline the learning expectations for students during lessons 5 and 6 and collect attendance data, however, will not be available to respond to student emails whilst teachers prepare for interviews commencing at 4:00pm.

Parent Teacher interviews

Interviews are for a maximum of ten minutes. Students are encouraged to be present at the interviews with their parent(s). Students do not need to wear their school uniform for the online interviews but should be appropriately dressed (no pyjamas please).

We strongly recommend, wherever possible, using your child’s College-issued notebook computer to access Parent Teacher Interviews. This will streamline the process as your child is familiar with Microsoft Teams and has the app already installed. It may be however, that this will not be possible in all cases.

Preparing for Parent Teacher Interviews

Parents are encouraged to prepare prior to each interview using the following questions. These will support the learning conversation with the subject teacher.

  • The parts of this subject I have improved the most in are…
  • The parts of this subject I am having trouble with are…
  • Things I could do to improve in this subject are…
  • Things my teacher/family could do to help me improve in this subject are…

Conduct of Parent Teacher Interviews

As a teacher may be involved in meetings with other parent(s)/students. If you do accidentally join a meeting early the teacher will remove you from the meeting. You will be able to re-join it at the appropriate time. It is important that everyone adheres to the ten-minute meeting schedule to allow the process to run as smoothly as possible.

Screen breaks

No interviews occur in the last 10 minutes of each hour to give participants a screen and refreshment break.

Tips for using Microsoft Teams See Microsoft Teams for PTI's

  • Parent Teacher Interviews are best conducted when all parties can see each other. Please make sure that you switch your Camera On.
  • Set up in a space that is unlikely to be disturbed by others.
  • Please dress appropriately as if you were attending interviews onsite.
  • Microphone/audio problems are often resolved by restarting the computer you are using. Also, speaking directly into the computer’s microphone will ensure the clearest audio quality.
  • Please be patient when waiting to join a meeting and keep to the scheduled 10-minute allocation.
  • If you are coming to the end of a meeting and there is more to be discussed, the teacher will negotiate a time for the conversation to be continued at a future date.
  • If you require any assistance or have any technical issues, please contact the Notebook Service Centre via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0400 895 162 and one of our technicians will assist you.

Microsoft Teams for PTI's document relates to the technical use of the software. Please familiarise yourself with these details including the process for connecting with the interview sessions. Students have been using Teams throughout the remote learning program and are familiar with the key functions. Ideally you will have a chance to establish a suitable interview space at home prior to interviews commencing for the learning conversations to occur uninterrupted.  PTI's Remote Learning Video for Parents and Students

We appreciate your participation in the learning conversation, ongoing support and encouragement of your student and adapting to this process.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Your sincerely,

 

Kris Walker
Deputy Principal - Learning & Teaching

Coronavirus Update from Kris Walker - 28 August 2020

Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews using Microsoft Teams

We welcome families to join in the educational conversation at any opportunity.

Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews provide an opportunity for parents and students to meet with subject teachers, Pastoral Group Leaders, Heads of House and Learning Enrichment coordinators to discuss student progress, acknowledge the areas in which the student is doing well and provide suggestions for ways in which the student can continue to improve their performance.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews for students will be held online using Microsoft Teams on

Thursday 10th September
and
Thursday 17th September
from 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Teachers across all year levels will be available for each session. We encourage parents and students to attend the online interviews to reflect on their child’s progress and performance and determine future learning and wellbeing goals to increase their success.  Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews together with the Term 3 Remote Learning Work habits and Online Progressive Feedback via Notre Dame Engage provides multiple opportunities for parents and students to receive genuine feedback.  We encourage all parents to attend Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews and to regularly review their child’s performance via Notre Dame Engage.

Booking Interviews

Bookings are conducted online using the Notre Dame College Portal, via SEQTA Engage which allows parents to make their own appointments on the designated dates.  The bookings open on Wednesday 2nd September and will close at 4pm the afternoon prior to each interview day.  A link to the booking system will be sent via SMS on the day bookings open. If you are having trouble making bookings, please contact College Reception on 5822 8400 and one of the staff will assist you. If a teacher is fully booked for the session, please let the office know and your details will be passed onto the staff member who will contact you to determine alternative arrangements.

Further details will be provided via the Parent Bulletin which will feature a Parent and Student Guide which aims to assist parents and students prepare for the online interviews and outline the process for using Microsoft Teams and etiquette for online meetings.

The teachers look forward to meeting with you.

For any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kris Walker
Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 05 August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your support of our College and Staff as we prepare to commence our Remote Learning program on Thursday 6 August. I would like to encourage all our parents and carers to read the remote learning programme guide that has been revised since our first remote learning experience as there have been some changes including the use of Microsoft Teams for teachers and students to interact. 

Supporting our students and families during this time is important. We recognise that some students will find remote learning more difficult than others and we have a great deal of support available to them. Please do not hesitate to make contact with the relevant Head of House, Learning Community Leader or the Wellbeing Support Service if you have concerns about your child during this time. All our students would have received an email today from Mrs Reynoldson reminding them about how to ask for support and assistance, and what we are requiring them to do in terms of communication during remote learning. 

We value your feedback at anytime - if you have any questions, concerns or wonderings please make sure you let us know either through a phone call or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important Date
Thursday 6 August
- Remote Learning commences, all students to check Google Classroom and commence their remote learning classes.

Remote Learning
As we face the challenges of remote learning for a second time, the primary objective for our teachers is to quickly provide reliable access to instruction and support during this crisis.  We were all very sad to see our students leave – no one wanted to return to remote learning. In response to feedback from staff, students and parents, Notre Dame College has revised the remote learning programme which now features more virtual learning opportunities. 

Teachers will have more flexibility to deliver between 30 – 60% of timetabled classes using Microsoft Teams to increase 'live' contact with their classes to maintain greater connection with the students. 

Please familiarise yourself with the REVISED Remote Learning Program Guide for Students & Parents/Guardians, especially regarding child safe practices, appropriate use of technology and expectations for attendance and learning activities. 

Year 10 Pathways
Year 10 Pathways days are scheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  In order to provide these days to the Year 10 students we have amended the way in which these will be conducted remotely.  Students will be enrolled in a Google Classroom for each of the events listed below:

  • Thursday, 6 August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Pathway Day 
  • Thursday, 6 August - Lesson 3 & 4 - Retreat Day
  • Friday, 7 August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Wellbeing Day

Students will attend their normal class for lessons 5 - 6 on Thursday and lessons 3 - 6 on Friday.

Onsite Supervision
We will be running a supervision program onsite for:

  • Children whose parents cannot work from home
  • Vulnerable children
  • Any child with a disability.

Please get in touch with your child’s Head of House or Director of Campus if you have any queries about the onsite supervision program.

Note:
Year 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 Students will be supervised at our Knight St campus.
Year 9 Students will be supervised at the Emmaus campus. A letter will be sent out this afternoon to all Year 9 parents and students with details.

Bookings are now open for Friday of this week and for week commencing 10 August 2020.  Please refer to the Onsite Supervision Program Booking Instructions to book your student/s.

Buses will be running as per normal timetables for those students needing to attend the supervision program.

Students who left resources at school
Students were asked to take all necessary resources home with them today. For students who attend Knight St and were absent on Monday, their lockers have been cleared and all items have been placed in a labelled bag and will be available for collection from Starkie Hall between 8:30 and 9:30 am on Thursday 6 August and Friday 7 August and between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Thursday 6 August. Unfortunately, we will have to cut the locks from these lockers.

For students from our Year 9 programme, for this week only, please call the Year 9 programme and they will organise the clearing and collection of items from the reception building at the Emmaus campus. 

Keep well
Keep safe

Regards,

John Cortese
Principal

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 04 August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your support of our College and Staff as we prepare to commence our Remote Learning program on Thursday 6 August. Please note the addition of a second student free day for our College on Wednesday 5 August.

Important Dates
Tuesday 4 August and Wednesday 5 August
- Student free days
Thursday 6 August - Remote Learning commences, all students to check Google Classroom and commence their remote learning classes.

Year 10 Pathways
Year 10 Pathways days are scheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  In order to provide these days to the Year 10 students we have amended the way in which these will be conducted remotely.  Students will be enrolled in a Google Classroom for each of the events listed below:

  • Thursday, 6th August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Pathway Day 
  • Thursday, 6th August - Lesson 3 & 4 - Retreat Day
  • Friday, 7th August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Wellbeing Day

Students will attend their normal class for lessons 5 - 6 on Thursday and lessons 3 - 6 on Friday.

Onsite Supervision
We will be running a supervision program onsite for:

  • Children whose parents cannot work from home
  • Vulnerable children
  • Any child with a disability.

Please get in touch with your child’s Head of House or Director of Campus if you have any queries about the onsite supervision program.

Note:
Year 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 Students will be supervised at our Knight St campus.
Year 9 Students will be supervised at the Emmaus campus. A letter will be sent out this afternoon to all Year 9 parents and students with details.

Bookings are now open for Thursday and Friday of this week and for week commencing 10 August 2020.  Please refer to the Onsite Supervision Program Booking Instructions for student bookings.  CLICK HERE

Buses will be running as per normal timetables for those students needing to attend the supervision program.

Students who left resources at school
Students were asked to take all necessary resources home with them yesterday. For students who attend Knight St and were absent today, their lockers will be cleared and all items will be placed in a labelled bag and will be available for collection from Starkie Hall between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday August 4 and 8:30 and 9:30 am on Wednesday August 5. Unfortunately, we will have to cut the locks from these lockers.

For students from our Year 9 programme, for this week only, please call the Year 9 programme and they will organise the clearing and collection of items from the reception building at the Emmaus campus. 

Remote Learning
Remote Learning Programme @ NDC for Parents and Families is currently being revised and will be sent to families before Thursday when we recommence Remote Learning.

Virtual Learning
Our teachers will be moving towards using synchronous (virtual) learning using Microsoft Teams. The procedures and requirements of this are more fully outlined in the Remote Learning Guide. However, it is important to emphasise the legal and professional requirements that need to be fulfilled, including Child Safe obligations are as follows:

  • Video recording of live streamed lessons is not allowed.
  • The teacher manages the online environment as they do in a face to face classroom.
  • The live streamed lesson is a classroom and therefore school behaviour and discipline policies apply. Norms for online behaviour and expectations of the student should be clear and known including appropriate attire, background and informing others.
  • Parents should not be visible on screen or join any group/class chats being moderated by the teacher, unless they have been authorised by the teacher prior to the class.
  • Do not allow any unauthorised access to the live streamed lesson.
  • Invited guest adult speakers require a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) before being admitted.
  • Be careful when using screen sharing to avoid accidentally sharing confidential information.
  • All programs not needed for learning, including email, should be shut down prior to the lesson.
  • At the end of the lesson, the teacher should wait for all students to exit the lesson.

VCE Students
The GAT for senior students will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October (Term 4).

The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.

Keep well
Keep safe

Regards,

John Cortese
Principal

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