Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 03 Aug 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been such a great joy to have your children in our classrooms and moving around our College since we returned from our last period of Remote Learning. It is with considerable sadness that we now have to return to our Remote Learning Program. I recently came across a prayer by John Whittier titled ‘Don’t Quit’. It finishes with the words, ‘Stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.’ You are all in my prayers and my thoughts as you make this transition back to remote learning with your children, I pray that all of you find the strength to hang in there, not quit and find ways to stay positive. We need to keep in mind that the sacrifices we are making now are intended to keep our whole community safe in the future. Please take care of each other.

Important Dates

Tuesday 4 August and Wednesday 5 August - Student free days.

Thursday 6 August - Remote Learning commences, all students to check Google Classroom and commence their remote learning classes.

Year 10 Pathways

Year 10 Pathways days are scheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  In order to provide these days to the Year 10 students we have amended the way in which these will be conducted remotely.  Students will be enrolled in a Google Classroom for each of the events listed below:

  • Thursday, 6th August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Pathway Day 
  • Thursday, 6th August - Lesson 3 & 4 - Retreat Day
  • Friday, 7th August - Lesson 1 & 2 - Wellbeing Day

Students will attend their normal class for lessons 5 - 6 on Thursday and lessons 3 - 6 on Friday.

Onsite Supervision

We will be running a supervision program onsite for:

  • Children whose parents cannot work from home
  • Vulnerable children
  • Any child with a disability.

Please get in touch with your child’s Head of House or Director of Campus if you have any queries about the onsite supervision program.

Booking information will be sent out tomorrow for those needing to book into the Onsite Supervision Programme.

COVID Testing

Please continue to advise the College via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your child is being tested for Coronavirus. We also ask that you email or text evidence (a screen shot or photograph of a letter) of a negative test to the absences email address or to 0419 873 786 prior to your child’s return to school.

Letters of Acceptance - New offers of enrolment for 2021

Please return Letters of Acceptance and associated enrolment forms by placing them in the labelled mailbox on the wall outside Knight Street campus main reception and pay the $200 fees via bank deposit BSB 083 543 Account number 456 883 155.

Confirmation of enrolments (existing students)

Please return completed Confirmation of enrolment paperwork to the labelled box outside of Knight Street main reception.  Please ensure you have updated the CareMonkey profile for your student.  Year 10 2021 paperwork due to be returned Tuesday 4 August. Year 12 2021 paperwork due to be returned Wednesday 5 August.

Students who left resources at school

Students were asked to take all necessary resources home with them today. For students who attend Knight St and were absent today, their lockers will be cleared and all items will be placed in a labelled bag and will be available for collection from Starkie Hall between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Tuesday August 4 and 8:30 and 9:30 am on Wednesday August 5. Unfortunately, we will have to cut the locks from these lockers. For students from our Year 9 programme, please call the Year 9 programme and they will organise the clearing and collection of items from the reception building at the Emmaus campus. 

Wellbeing Support 

We encourage you to support your child to maintain their timetable and not slip into the habit of sleeping in, using their personal devices or television to avoid work. We continue to ask you to talk with your children about the situation so that they do not feel anxious or uninformed. A key component of these conversations continues to be assuring them that they are safe now. Developing good study and sleep routines, getting some exercise and healthy eating will all promote positive mental and physical health.

For those who are feeling overwhelmed, our Wellbeing Support Service continues to be available to support students from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. 

Students can self-refer for support via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You are also able to contact Fran Smyth - Wellbeing Support Service Leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heads of House are also available for families for any questions that might arise. These can be contacted by email or through SEQTA engage.

Remote Learning

Remote Learning Programme@NDC for Parents and Families is currently being revised and will be sent to families before Thursday when we recommence Remote Learning.

CareMonkey is rebranding to ‘Operoo’
CareMonkey is rebranding as ‘Operoo’ and this name change will occur the week beginning Monday 3 August. You can continue using the system, and its mobile application, as usual.  Just be aware that, after Monday 3 August, emails and notifications sent from the system will start appearing under the new name ‘Operoo’.  You will also be automatically diverted to the new Operoo website if you go to the old CareMonkey website.


Keep well

Keep safe


John Cortese