Booklists and Classroom Materials
Dear Parents and Families,
We look forward to welcoming all our staff and students back to school on tomorrow, Monday 24 October 2022.
VCE/Scored VET Unit 3/4 Subjects: reminder that teachers will be available as per timetable to assist students in the lead up to the VCAA exams commencing on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to work closely with their teachers in preparation for the exams.
The floods have seen an increase in mosquito activity at both Knight Street and Emmaus campus, so we highly recommend you bring roll on or cream-based repellent to protect yourself for the journey and during recess and lunch time. Students are permitted to wear you long PE tracksuit pants or winter trousers without infringement whilst the mosquitoes are problematic.
Bus Service Update
Jacobson’s Update 24/10/2022 3.15pm
Dyson’s Update 23/10/2022 10.30am
Ford’s Update 24/10/2022 2.30pm
Fitzpatrick’s Update 23/10/2022 12.45pm
Please be patient as there may be delays. Students will not be left behind. Please ask your child/children to talk to the bus driver if they have any concerns. The drivers all have communication with each other and will be happy to assist.
You are welcome to ring your local bus operator if you require any further details on your child’s bus route.
Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Dear Parents and Families,
We look forward to welcoming all our staff and students back to school on Monday, 24 October 2022.
It’s really important we work together to re-establish learning routines that were so abruptly interrupted by the floods.
Our bus companies expect to operate all services as normal. However, they have advised:
The floods have seen an increase in mosquito activity at both Knight Street and Emmaus campus so we highly recommend you bring roll on or cream based repellent to protect yourself for the journey and during recess and lunch time. You will be permitted to wear you long PE tracksuit pants or winter trousers without infringement.
Teachers are working hard to adjust and modify learning programs given the loss to class time in the lead up to the whole school Early Commencement Programme starting on the 28 November.
VCAA exams have arrived, and we are busy preparing for exams commencing with English this Wednesday 26 October. Please note:
For the current Year 10 and Year 11 students, the College is determining the next steps regarding their end of year exams and we will have more information about this in the coming days.
We are extremely grateful and proud of the efforts of our amazing community; staff, students and families assisting others. Special shoutout to Rosie – the College wellbeing dog who has been working hard to support Mrs Reynoldson’s property during the floods.
It is important to recognise and acknowledge that a critical incident is rarely ‘over’ when the initial days are complete. For some, the impact will be enduring and require ongoing support. Ongoing recovery is critical to the overall wellbeing of students, staff and the community. Be reassured that anyone requiring support, we’re here to help.
Parents and students should keep in contact with your Pastoral Group Leaders, Heads of House and Community and the Wellbeing Team should they feel they need to.
Best wishes and stay safe for the weekend we look forward to seeing you Monday.
Dear Parents and Families,
School Flood Update:
Thank you for your support of our school and community over the past week. The contact that we have received, reaffirming our decision to close this week has been appreciated. It is pleasing to see the water receding quicker than expected.
Our school and Catholic Education Sandhurst’s (CES Ltd) priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students. To ensure this we will continue to follow the guidance of Emergency Services and the advice provided by CES Ltd.
Yesterday the School Leadership team met to review the current situation. This communication is again intended to provide a sense of longer-term clarity through these unpredictable times.
The current advice from Emergency Services and CES Ltd is that more rains are expected towards the end of this week and a significant rain event is expected Monday and Tuesday of next week. There will be understandable anxiety in our community about this possibility.
At this point in time, we are not deciding to close our school. Our hope is to be able to return to full school operations on Monday. However, the Principals of the Greater Shepparton Area Catholic Schools are gathering on Sunday to evaluate the advice provided from the relevant authorities and assess the current situation with the possibility of closing schools on Monday and Tuesday. Communication will be circulated to all families on Sunday afternoon or earlier, to confirm our plans for next week.
In the event the College remains closed on Monday, or students are unable to attend school.
Teachers will be providing details of timetabled lessons through the google classroom.
This will include learning intentions and access to digital resources. We appreciate that some students and families in difficult circumstances may be unable to engage with the learning program at this stage. We encourage students to do what’s possible and maintain contact with their subject teachers and Heads of House.
Helping Children and young people after natural events
After a flood, children may need comfort, reassurance, and support, and to know that they are safe and are being looked after.
If you have any specific, urgent or immediate concerns with regard to the mental health or the wellbeing of your child, please access the following resources:
We will continue to update you as more information comes to hand. Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you and your family continue to stay safe during these challenging times.
These are certainly challenging times and we’re all doing the best we can. We’ve had directives from local authorities and Catholic Education Sandhurst that we must prioritise the safety of our staff and students and are unable to reopen the College this week. The support you continue to give each other, our students, staff and the wider Shepparton Community is very much appreciated.
Some of our staff and students have had water through their homes in recent days, many are stuck in their houses with water in their streets. We will shortly be sending you an SMS with a link to a survey as we would like to know how you are travelling as the flooding in our area unfolds.
We are very proud of the efforts we have heard our students have been making to support their families and the community over the past few days and wish to thank them for all they are doing.
There will be no formal remote learning classes provided for students this week. However, we do encourage all students to continue their learning this week if they are able. Some suggestions to help them do this include:
Students studying VCE/VET Unit 3/4 subjects
Students studying VCE/VET Unit 3/4 subjects are encouraged to continue to prepare for VCAA exams. Subject teachers will continue to load material onto the Google Classroom and where possible, be available to support students complete practice exams and worked solutions. As soon as school resumes, subject teachers will be available as per timetable until the scheduled exam.
Unit 3 and 4 students will receive an email from Susan Nabbs (Director of Learning and Teaching) with more details about exam arrangements and accessing support very soon.
Year 12 Final Week Events / 2023 Student Leaders
We will cancel all events this week and look to rescheduling a day which includes mass, rites of passage and assembly on Thursday 17 November. More details will follow.
2023 Student Leaders will be announced next week in an alternate format.
Families will be notified separately of these cancellations if their children are involved.
Local authorities using Stadium and/or Mons Bones Hall to provide shelter for those who need it. We will be an overflow location from McIntosh Centre.
Please stay safe.