Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 17 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

“Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not for us, not for our children. Learning together to live well in an imperfect world, loving each other despite or even because of our imperfections, and growing as humans while we grow our little humans, those are the goals of gentle parenting. So don’t ask yourself at the end of the day if you did everything right. Ask yourself what you learned and how well you loved, then grow from your answer. That is perfect parenting.”  L.R. Knost

Do you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing?

Change can be difficult for many of us. For students, learning online without the face to face support of teachers and peers can be overwhelming at times.  We are here to support parents and students and we encourage you to make contact with subject teachers or learning area coordinators if you have any questions or concerns about the amount of work required to be completed. Heads of House and our Wellbeing Team are also available to speak with if you are finding your child is having difficulties in completing their work or adjusting to learning from home.

Please direct any general queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or directly to your child’s teachers or one of the other key contacts in the Remote Learning @NDC Guide. CLICK HERE to view.

One to One and Small Group Support for Students

We have shared guidelines with staff this afternoon to support them in setting up one-to-one and small group sessions remotely, for students who may need additional support. Students should not expect one-to-one tutoring from all of their teachers, this would create unreasonable expectations on teaching staff, however, this is an option which is now available where required. We will send through further guidelines in the updated Remote Learning Guide next week.

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop will be open Mon to Thurs – hours will be updated on the website. CLICK HERE to view details.


Students will not be able to access any items left in their lockers until such time as normal classes resume on Campus. Students were asked multiple times in the last few weeks of Term 1 to take all of their items home as the College may be shut at short notice. They will need to make alternative arrangements for any items they do not have at home.


We need parents to call the absence line if their son/daughter is unwell and won’t be engaging in the Remote Learning Program that day. Absences will still be followed up where we don’t receive a phone call. Students need to have answered their attendance questions for each of their classes every day, by 3.15pm. They do not necessarily have to have completed all of their work by this time but must have registered their attendance in the class.

Supervision Programs at Knight St and MCP Programs

A reminder that students will need to be registered by Thursday 12.00pm each week if they require supervision at Knight St for the following week. Welfare workers at MCP will continue to be in contact with families to determine whether their students need supervision at the MCP Program. Parents will be sent an SMS with the registration link each Monday.

John Cortese