Year 12 Retreat Letter to Parents


16 November 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Students who will be in Year 12 next year (2021) are required to participate in a 3 day retreat in February.
The retreat is a fantastic way for the Year 12 students and teachers to begin the year and I wish to emphasise its importance as an integral part of our Religious Education Programme. There is more information including a permission note being distributed to students during ECP, however, the dates are:

Wednesday 3 February to Friday 5 February 2021

To make the retreat experience successful and complete, we ask parents/guardians to write a letter to your son/daughter who is participating in the retreat.  This letter is a chance for you to give support and encouragement to your child. No one else will read the letter, so you may be as intimate as you wish with your thoughts and feelings.  I encourage you to keep this letter confidential so that its content becomes a surprise.  The students will receive the letter at one of the final sessions of the retreat.

Parents in the past have sought some direction with this, so I take the liberty to outline some ideas which may be helpful:

  • List the hopes you have for him/her
  • List the positive qualities you see in your child
  • Write about the joy your child has brought you and your family
  • Write about how you feel when your relationship seems to break down
  • Invite other members of the family to write their own thoughts/wishes and included these in the letter
  • Try to be as positive as you can, but be honest - don’t write something that is false
  • If one or both parents do not usually write letters to their children then this is a perfect opportunity to do so at least once, no matter how brief

We would ask that parents do not send gifts or parcels with the letter.  The idea is simply to send a personal letter and it is worthwhile to invite your son/daughter to talk to you about their response to the letter when they return home from the retreat.

Please send your sealed letters to the College by Friday November 27, 2020, care of Head of House
Ensure that the sealed envelope is identified with student name and Pastoral Group. 
If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or your son/daughter’s Head of House.

Yours sincerely


Les Billings
Deputy Principal Catholic Identity

Graduation Letter to Year 12 Students and Families

 
30 October 2020

 

Dear Year 12 Students and Families,

It is with a huge amount of pleasure and excitement that we can now announce that the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony for 2020 is happening.

The latest lifting of restrictions has given us the window that we were hoping for and will allow us to gather all Year 12 students and staff in the one location to conduct a graduation ceremony.

The details of this event are as follows:

Date:             Thursday December 3

Time:            6:00 pm concluding by 7:30 pm

Venue:         Mercy Stadium, Knight Street Campus, Notre Dame College

Dress:          Formal

Students must arrive at the College by 5:30 pm to ensure a prompt start at 6:00 pm.

Unfortunately, the restrictions still do not allow family and friends to be present and we are not able to conduct any formal gathering outside of this ceremony.  Therefore, the ceremony will be live streamed to our families and community, information and links will be provided closer to the event.

We will be setting up the Mercy Stadium in a way that if there are any further lifting of restrictions and it becomes possible to include a few family members, then we can do this at short notice.

I wish to sincerely thank our organising committee for this event which includes three members of our College Board, Mark Washington, Helen Crilly, and Rashidi Sumali, parent representative Rosey Kilmartin, our College Captains for 2020, who never cease to have amazing ideas and enthusiasm, and finally our staff members, Les Billings, Jen Frisardi, Leisa Gill, Hayden Frizzell and Tracey Bell for all the hard work and dedication to ensuring that we celebrate this important event in the most respectful and appropriate manner.

We sincerely hope that we can make this event a highlight for all of our students and their families and it becomes a night to remember for all the right reasons.

Please contact Les Billings at the school if you have any questions regarding this event.


Regards,

Mr. John Cortese
Principal

 

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 26 October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’ve received fantastic news over the weekend, that with the latest changes to COVID restrictions, we will be able to hold a Graduation Ceremony for our Year 12 students on Thursday 3 December. The ceremony will begin at 6.00pm and conclude by 7.30pm.

Our new guidelines allow for us to gather all of our Year 12 students and our staff together to celebrate the completion of their time at Notre Dame College. Unfortunately, at this point we cannot have any parents or other community members at our Graduation Ceremony. We will be providing a live stream of the event so that families can view the graduation remotely as it happens.

Students are asked to wear formal attire to their Graduation Ceremony. We will send further details to families and students with regard to the dress code, venue, times, etc as soon as possible.

Keep well
Keep safe

Regards,

John Cortese
Principal

Year 7 2021

Welcome to all of our Year 7 students and families for 2021. Please follow the link to view the  document Year 7 Welcome Letter (22 KB) .

All Year 7 students are asked to complete a passport that will be given to their Pastoral Group Leader. The outline of the passport can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on this link document Passport to Year 7 2021 (48 KB) .  Please email completed passports (as an attachment) to the College at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  These are due back to the College by Tuesday 1 December.

Here is a map of our Knight Street Campus so you can familiarise yourself with the College:

pdf Knight Street Campus Map (314 KB) .

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 18 October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Matt Sharp – GV Health Chief Executive – has shared a new update on Facebook today. There have been two additional locations of concern added to the previous list. People who have attended these places will need to have a COVID-19 test and a negative result prior to attending the College tomorrow. You can find Matt’s full update below.

You can also CLICK HERE for information from DHHS, currently Matt’s information is more up to date than the DHHS site.

If your child has been COVID tested they will need to send through a copy of their negative test results to the College prior to their return. This can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep well
Keep safe

Regards,

John Cortese
Principal

Update from Matt Sharp Regarding Shepparton Outbreak: Getting Tested & Two Additional Locations of Concern (published on Facebook 18/10/2020)

Getting Tested

Anyone who is unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild (such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell) should get tested immediately and stay at home until you receive the result. Do not go about your normal day-to-day activities such as work or going out in the community. Please do the right thing and do not place your family members, friends and the broader community at risk.

There are three sites in Shepparton where people can get tested for COVID-19 today:

* Acute Respiratory Clinic at Graham Street, Shepparton is open from 8:00am to 5:30pm.

* The McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds corner of Thompson Street and High Street from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

* Drive through clinic at the Shepparton Sports Precinct, corner of Numurkah Road and Brauman Street, Shepparton from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Locations of Concern – Updated

People who have been to the locations below should get tested and stay at home until you receive your result.

Two additional locations of concern have been added this morning as detailed below:

* ANZ Bank 261 Wyndham Street, Shepparton – Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am and Friday 9 October 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am.

* Woolworths Corner of High Street and Archer Street, Shepparton – Saturday 10 October from 7:45am to 8:45am.

An additional location of concern was added yesterday being:

* McDonalds Shepparton North, Numurkah Road, Shepparton Thursday 8 October 2020 from 6:45am to 7:45am (Anyone who went through drive through does not need to get tested).

This is in addition to the previously advised:

* McDonalds Shepparton North, Numurkah Road, Shepparton Saturday 3 October 2020 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. (Anyone who went through drive through does not need to get tested).

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