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Update from John Cortese - 22 October 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back onto our campus next week.

With positive cases in our community, a reminder to all that you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID - 19 and seek testing immediately if any develop. 

If you have been to an exposure site and have been identified as a close contact who is required to quarantine please advise the College immediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 03 5822 8400.

Monday 25/10/2021 

  • All students and staff return onsite at Knight St and Emmaus Campuses.
  • Year 12 VCE and Scored VET classes will continue to run in the usual classrooms for students who want to attend. These classes will run up until and including the day of the exam.
  • Year 12 students will go to the Senior Study area in the Library if they are onsite between classes.

Changes to Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) and Quarantine Periods 

Catholic Education Sandhurst have now confirmed reduced Quarantine periods for eligible PCCs and changes to how PCCs will be identified. 

Quarantine Period Changes

Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) who meet the following eligibility requirements will only have to complete a 7-day quarantine period from 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October 2021: 

  1. PCC must not be a household contact (live with) a person who has tested positive to COVID-19. 
  2. PCC must be fully vaccinated and able to provide us with their valid vaccination certificate. 
  3. PCC must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 Test on or after Day 6 of their quarantine period. 

If you are unable to meet these requirements you must quarantine for 14 days and show evidence of a negative test on Day 13. 

Evidence of vaccination and the appropriate negative test results will need to be shared with the College before students will be cleared to return to school.

Identifying Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) 

From next week the criteria for identifying PCCs of a positive COVID case, at the College, will change. The new criteria are:

  1. You are fully vaccinated and have spent two hours or more with a positive case during their infectious period.
  2. You have spent less than two hours with a positive case, but you were NOT wearing a mask AND/OR you are not fully vaccinated. 

This will affect a much smaller group of staff and students if we have more positive cases onsite. PCCs will still have to complete a quarantine period but any who meet the requirements will be eligible for a shorter 7-day quarantine.

It will continue to be particularly important that we always wear our masks properly, be mindful of hand hygiene and maintain social distancing wherever possible, to keep ourselves and others safe whilst at school. 

Summer Uniform 

From Monday 25 October 2021, students are to wear correct summer uniform. The uniform shop is open for purchasing any new items. Opening times are published on the College website.  Students are to wear Winter uniform if they do not have correct summer uniform organised yet – uniform passes for wearing PE uniform in place of summer uniform will not be granted. College hats are to be worn by all students when they are outside at recess and lunchtime and for any outdoor classes.

Student Wellbeing 

'Managing Overwhelm' - SchoolTV

Due to the pandemic, the world we now live in is a very different place.  Our connectivity to the digital world exposes us to a barrage of messages that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. As a result, many children and their parents are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety.

This Special Report suggests a number of strategies to help manage any feelings of overwhelm that you or your child may be experiencing. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered. Here is the link to your special report https://notredame.vic.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-managing-overwhelm

As we return to on-site learning, if you have concerns for the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical help, or contact your child’s Head of House/Learning Community Leader, or the College Wellbeing Support Service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update from John Cortese – 21 October 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back onto our campus next week.

With positive cases in our community, a reminder to all that you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID - 19 and seek testing immediately if any develop.

Monday 25/10/2021

  • All students and staff return onsite at Knight St and Emmaus Campuses.
  • Year 12 VCE and Scored VET classes will continue to run in the usual classrooms for students who want to attend. These classes will run up until and including the day of the exam.
  • Year 12 students will go to the Senior Study area in the Library if they are onsite between classes.

Changes to Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) and Quarantine Periods

Catholic Education Sandhurst have now confirmed reduced Quarantine periods for eligible PCCs and changes to how PCCs will be identified.

Quarantine Period Changes

Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) who meet the following eligibility requirements will only have to complete a 7 day quarantine period from 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October 2021:

  1. PCC must not be a household contact (live with) a person who has tested positive to COVID-19.
  2. PCC must be fully vaccinated and able to provide us with their valid vaccination certificate.
  3. PCC must provide evidence of negative COVID-19 Test on or after Day 6 of their quarantine period.

If you are unable to meet these requirements you must quarantine for 14 days and show evidence of a negative test on Day 13.

Identifying Primary Close Contacts (PCCs)

From next week the criteria for identifying PCCs of a positive COVID case, at the College, will change. The new criteria are:

  1. You have spent two hours or more with a positive case during their infectious period.
  2. You have spent less than two hours with a positive case but you were NOT wearing masks and you were in close proximity to each other in a closed space. This category will most likely affect close friends, acquaintances of the positive case who have spent time in close contact.

This will affect a much smaller group of staff and students if we have more positive cases onsite. PCCs will still have to complete a quarantine period but any who meet the requirements will be eligible for a shorter 7 day quarantine.

It will continue to be very important that we wear our masks properly at all times, be mindful of hand hygiene and maintain social distancing wherever possible, in order to keep ourselves and others safe whilst at school.

Update from John Cortese – 20 October 2021

The College Leadership Team made the decision this afternoon for our Knight Street and Year 9 programs to remain in Remote Learning for the rest of this week. Students will not be returning onsite as planned.

MCP will run a Remote Learning Programme on Thursday and all staff and students, will return onsite as planned, on Friday.

Supervision Programs will continue at all programs on Thursday and Friday at Knight Street and Year 9.

We have made this decision based on many factors including the following:

  • The number of staff still in isolation due to having been identified as Primary Close Contacts
  • The number of staff and student Primary Close Contacts who are yet to receive their first test results
  • Rapidly changing guidelines around quarantine requirements for Primary Close Contacts, which we hope will be much clearer in the next 24 hours

With positive cases in our community, a reminder to all that you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID - 19 and seek testing immediately if any develop. 

Primary Close Contacts – Quarantine Requirements

If you have received a notification from the College that your student is a Primary Close Contact they must quarantine until advice is given that they can stop.

Quarantine means you must stay in your home or accommodation. You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, you need medical help, or to escape family violence. Other people in your household do not need to quarantine with you.

We are getting a lot of queries regarding the changes to quarantine period at 11.59pm tomorrow (21/10/2021). We are expecting an update from Catholic Education Sandhurst soon and will communicate any changes to all of our students who have been identified as Primary Close Contacts as soon as we can.

Access to Student Lockers

There will be no student access to the campus for the next two days. If students require essential items from their locker, they can complete this FORM. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If requests are approved, items from the locker will be put into a bag and labelled with the student’s name for collection from the front of the College at Knight Street. Year 9 items will be left for collection just outside the Administration building.

Nobody who has been identified as a Primary Close Contact and is currently quarantining can come to the College to collect the items.

Onsite Supervision – Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program.  You can find the full list of the eligible authorised workers HERE. 

Students who are NOT registered will have to be collected from the College and taken home. 

Bookings must be made by 8:00am in the morning for that day. 

Criteria for Onsite Supervision Program: 

  1. Children who have previously been attending because their parent/s and/or carer/s were considered authorised workers.
  2. Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
  3. in out-of-home care
    1. deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    2. identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
    3. where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

Year 9 and MCP students booked into supervision programme will be based at the Emmaus Campus. 

Masks will be required inside and outside for all students (except those who have an exemption) who attend the programme.

Knight St and Year 9 - The canteen and cafe will not be available to purchase food or drinks. Students must ensure they bring food and a drink bottle.

MCP – The Café will function as usual.

If your child is eligible for the supervision program you MUST book them in for each day.  CLICK HERE to book using booking code WS7VU. 

MCP students will be contacted by staff and booked in by staff, if supervision is required on Thursday. All students will return to MCP on Friday.

COVID Vaccinations 

Walk in appointments are available at the McIntosh Centre for Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines each day. Walk in appointments for the Pfizer vaccine is available tomorrow (Monday).  

GV Health's Vaccine Hub is located in the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds and opening hours are: 

  • Monday to Saturday 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 9:00pm 

There are appointments available at the McIntosh Centre, including for Moderna, and online bookings can be made for all state vaccination centres at https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 675 398. General practices and community pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations and further information can be found at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility...  

VCE VCAA Exams 

VCAA is ensuring every effort is being made to support students sit their exams.  They have designed guidelines for students, schools and supervisors to complete the exams safely. Please read the attached documents explaining how this will occur, including those students who have been identified as Primary Close Contacts: 

  • Guidance for students completing 2021 VCE written examinations CLICK HERE
  • COVID-19 Q & A’s - completing VCAA written examinations CLICK HERE

Update from John Cortese – 19 October 2021

Thank you all, once again, for your prompt action in response to our updates. We appreciate that there have been many changes made this week and most have been with very little notice.

We continue to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our whole school community. Whilst we have been in Remote Learning, we have been coordinating a clean of both campuses, this is due to be completed tomorrow. We have also informed all Primary Close Contacts of positive cases that they need to get tested and isolate and cannot attend our site until they have clearance from VIC Health to end their quarantine.

A reminder to all that you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID - 19 and seek testing immediately if any develop. Please do not attend work if you are feeling unwell.

Student Lockers

We will not be able to fulfil any requests for collection from student lockers which were placed after 3:00pm on 19 October 2021. Most students will have access to lockers from Thursday, and we will be able to support those in quarantine from Thursday to get essentials from their lockers.

At this point we are planning the following:

Wednesday 20 October 2021

  • All students in Remote Learning
  • Supervision Program available for vulnerable students and students of essential workers.

Thursday 21 October 2021

  • Year 7, 10 and 11 students onsite for classes
  • Year 8, 9 and MCP students in Remote Learning
  • Supervision Program available for vulnerable students and students of essential workers.
  • Year 12 students can attend classes for any subject which has a VCE exam. Attendance is not compulsory, but teachers will be available in their usual classrooms. For students in quarantine please work with your teacher to utilise Teams if you need support.

Friday 22 October 2021

  • Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 students onsite for classes
  • Year 12 students can attend classes for any subject which has a VCE exam. Attendance is not compulsory, but teachers will be available in their usual classrooms. For students in quarantine please work with your teacher to utilise Teams if you need support.

Year 12 Events

We have rescheduled Rites of Passage and Final Assembly for our year 12s to Friday, November 12th. Year 12 students are to arrive at recess time in summer uniform and attend Rites of Passage for lessons 3 and 4 in their house groups. We will provide lunch and then celebrate their final assembly with them in lesson 5. They will be dismissed at 2.30pm.

Provision of Learning for Absent Students

Once we have a year level or year levels back onsite and classes are being taught in person by our teaching staff, they will no longer be providing a remote learning programme for students who are absent. Students are encouraged to make contact with teachers and work out a plan with them for how they can best keep up with the work whilst they are away from school.

Year 12 VCE/Scored VET Classes from Thursday

VCE and Scored VET Classes will continue to run for Year 12 students up until and including the day of the scheduled exam. These classes are optional only. If students choose to attend, they should go straight to their usual classroom and minimise their movements around the campus. If students need to remain at school in between classes, they should go to the Senior Area of the Library where they will be checked into the study area by a staff member.

Onsite Supervision - Wednesday 20 October and Thursday 21 October 2021

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program.  You can find the full list of the eligible authorised workers HERE.

Students who are NOT registered will have to be collected from the College and taken home.

Bookings must be made by 12:00pm the day prior. This deadline has been extended until 7:00pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021.

Criteria for Onsite Supervision Program:

  1. Children who have previously been attending because their parent/s and/or carer/s were considered authorised workers.
  2. Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
    1. in out-of-home care
    2. deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    3. identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
    4. where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

Year 9 and MCP students booked into supervision programme will be based at the Emmaus Campus.

Masks will be required inside and outside for all students (except those who have an exemption) who attend the programme.

Knight St - The canteen will not be available to purchase food or drinks on Wednesday 20 October. It will open with a reduced menu from Thursday 21 October. 

Year 9 - The cafe will not be available to purchase food or drinks.  Students must ensure they bring food and a drink bottle. 

MCP – The Café will function as usual.

If your child is eligible for the supervision program you MUST book them in for each day.  CLICK HERE to book using booking code WS7VU.

MCP Students will be contacted by staff and booked in by staff.

COVID Vaccinations

Walk in appointments are available at the McIntosh Centre for Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines each day. Walk in appointments for the Pfizer vaccine is available tomorrow (Monday).

GV Health's Vaccine Hub is located in the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds and opening hours are:

  • Monday to Saturday 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 9:00pm

There are appointments available at the McIntosh Centre, including for Moderna, and online bookings can be made for all state vaccination centres at https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 675 398. General practices and community pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations and further information can be found at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility...

URGENT Parent Update - All students to continue in remote learning on Tuesday 18 October and Wednesday 19 October

Good evening,

We have had news of two additional positive cases today. We are going to proceed very cautiously in our approach to the unfolding situation. Having completed our contact tracing for these cases and based on the following:

  • Keeping staff and students safe
  • Allowing Primary Close Contacts time to seek testing
  • An inability to staff classes due to staff being in quarantine
  • To allow us to complete cleaning requirements

We have made the decision tonight to keep all students in remote learning on Tuesday 19 October 2021 and Wednesday 20 October 2021.

Primary Close Contacts will be emailed by the College to advise them of requirements. We will also share their details with VIC Health who will contact families via SMS.

Year 12 events which had been planned for this week will be postponed. Further details will be sent to Year 12 students and their families soon.

There will be no student access to the campus for the next two days. If students completing a Year 12 subject require essential items from their locker, they can complete this FORM. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Onsite Supervision

There will be NO student supervision tomorrow, Tuesday 19 October. Further information to follow regarding Wednesday.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 03 5822 8400.

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