Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 20 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere else.”
Albert Einstein

Caritas K’s - Push Up for a Hand Up

Our main fundraising event for Semester Two is the Caritas Push Up for a Hand Up – happening this Thursday May 21, Lesson 3 and 4.

There are no classes running at this time and the College will pause from all other work as we would normally do for the Caritas Ks walkathon.

So for lesson 3 and 4 all staff and students will be dedicated to ensuring this fundraiser is successful and contributing with their push ups, or alternative exercise, under the direction of their House Captains.

This event will be live streamed to all members of our community and there will be a number of guests invited into this space, including the CEO of Caritas Australia.

Some of the main points related to this event are:

  • The opportunity this gives us to create community, House Spirit and gather everyone together again
  • At the same time this is less about us and more about what we can do for others
  • Promotion of the Catholic Social Teaching – The common good: The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.
  • The focus is on Caritas and what they do to assist those most in need
  • This is a fundraising event, but is also an opportunity to raise awareness and participate in doing something about the common good.
  • An opportunity to once again be united as a College, all working together with a common cause

We encourage all families to contribute to the fundraising efforts of this event, via the Caritas Australia website, where Notre Dame College has its own fundraising page please donate to the House that your child is associated with.

Student Learning from next week 

We have developed a document for all students which outlines some of the changes we have made around the College and our expectations of students.

For Students 

In pastoral groups on Tuesday, pastoral group leaders will explain the requirements of students when they return to school using this document. We encourage parents to read through this document with their child before they return to school. - CLICK HERE

Monday 25 May - Student Free Day

As staff spend Monday working to ensure the College is ready for the Year 11 and 12 students to return on Tuesday, we see Monday as a great opportunity for students to take a day off from their computers and screens, to reconnect with themselves and those around them – adhering to the rules of physical distancing of course.  

Screens have been a wonderful tool for us to continue to provide an education to your child, and for us to communicate with our College community, however taking some time away from the screen gives us an opportunity for our eyes to rest, our bodies to stretch, conversations to flow, and our attention and minds to settle.  All of which supports the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing. 

Below we have listed a range of ideas to get students started on thinking of what they could do with their time away from their school computers.

Students could:

  • go fishing or bike riding or walking
  • bake cakes or biscuits or dinner for the family
  • read
  • get creative with drawing or painting
  • listen to music
  • walk the dog – yours or the neighbours
  • play board games
  • get in touch with or visit grandparents
  • complete a random act of kindness
  • dance and/or sing
  • meditate – or go for a mindful walk
  • look at old family pictures
  • visit a friend
  • do some training in their chosen area of sport
  • take a relaxing bath
  • play a musical instrument



Senior Classes

  • Remote Learning for Year 11 (and yr 10 doing an accelerated VCE or VET programme) and 12 students finishes on Friday 22 May – no remote learning for classes are available after that date. It is a student free day on Monday 25 May to give teachers time to prepare for face to face teaching on the next day. Attendance onsite is compulsory from Tuesday 26 May.
  • Year 10s will only attend for accelerated classes. They should not be on campus outside of their scheduled classes and should move straight to class and then directly off campus when it is finished. They will be wearing full Winter Uniform. 
  • If Year 10s need to stay on Campus for the full day their parents will need to register them in the Remote Learning Program - CLICK HERE
  • Year 10 students need to communicate with their other teachers if travel time is going to disrupt their attendance in other classes.
  • The College Library will be open normal hours.
  • No Year 10 and Year 11 Exams will occur as previously scheduled on the College Calendar.

 Students cannot attend school if they are unwell

  • Students must stay home if they have any cold/flu symptoms or are unwell. You will be called to collect your child if they attend unwell.
  • Parents must ensure that Asthmatic students bring their Ventolin or other preventer/reliever to school and keep it with them at all times.
  • Students who have cold or flu-like symptoms will be sent to a designated area to await parent collection. Staff may be dressed in Personal Protective Equipment when aiding these students.
  • Students will be asked all questions from the COVID Symptom Check App -

Work Placement

As per CECV advice, students can resume their Structured Workplace Learning for the remainder of Term 2.

Belinda Picone (Workplace Learning Administration Officer) is currently contacting the employers to determine that the workplace has the appropriate health and safety measures in place that are consistent with the advice from the Chief Health Officer.

Any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students in Year 10 Industry and Enterprise are able to take up work placement in the upcoming school holidays if the Host Employer is happy to have them. Placement at GV Health and the Shepparton Law Courts are still paused until further notice.

The correct complete paperwork (SWL Arrangement Form) must be submitted prior to any placement so we are compliant with Ministerial Order 55. Students, parents or host employers are welcome to contact Belinda Picone with queries.

Bus Travel

  • Buses will be running as normal. Please note there were slight changes to the timetable at the commencement of Term 2. Procedures for ensuring hygiene on busses will also be shared on our website when we receive these from the bus companies. Details on our website - CLICK HERE.

Student Uniform

  • Students will return in full Winter Uniform. The uniform shop is open and times are on our website - CLICK HERE.

Parent Access to the College

  • Parents/Guardians are requested to limit visiting the College, communication through email or phone is preferred.

2021 Enrolments

  • We will not be accepting cash for payment of the Application for Enrolment fee for Year 7 2021 students or any other new students.  Please pay online as per instructions in the Enrolment Pack or refer to our website - CLICK HERE
  • The process for re-enrolments for existing students will be communicated to families in coming months.

Leave Passes

  • Please ensure notes for leave passes are given to students prior to attending school.  Any requests for leave passes for same day appointments that are received during the school day may not be delivered on time as we will not have a Student Messenger. A reminder that all leave passes for medical appointments require a certificate of attendance when the student returns to school.

Continue to take care of yourselves and your children.

Keep well,
Keep safe,
John Cortese