Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 05 August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your support of our College and Staff as we prepare to commence our Remote Learning program on Thursday 6 August. I would like to encourage all our parents and carers to read the remote learning programme guide that has been revised since our first remote learning experience as there have been some changes including the use of Microsoft Teams for teachers and students to interact. 

Supporting our students and families during this time is important. We recognise that some students will find remote learning more difficult than others and we have a great deal of support available to them. Please do not hesitate to make contact with the relevant Head of House, Learning Community Leader or the Wellbeing Support Service if you have concerns about your child during this time. All our students would have received an email today from Mrs Reynoldson reminding them about how to ask for support and assistance, and what we are requiring them to do in terms of communication during remote learning. 

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

Remote Learning
As we face the challenges of remote learning for a second time, the primary objective for our teachers is to quickly provide reliable access to instruction and support during this crisis.  We were all very sad to see our students leave – no one wanted to return to remote learning. In response to feedback from staff, students and parents, Notre Dame College has revised the remote learning programme which now features more virtual learning opportunities. 

Teachers will have more flexibility to deliver between 30 – 60% of timetabled classes using Microsoft Teams to increase 'live' contact with their classes to maintain greater connection with the students. 

Please familiarise yourself with the REVISED Remote Learning Program Guide for Students & Parents/Guardians, especially regarding child safe practices, appropriate use of technology and expectations for attendance and learning activities. 

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

Year 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 Students will be supervised at our Knight St campus.
Year 9 Students will be supervised at the Emmaus campus. A letter will be sent out this afternoon to all Year 9 parents and students with details.

Bookings are now open for Friday of this week and for week commencing 10 August 2020.  Please refer to the Onsite Supervision Program Booking Instructions to book your student/s.

Buses will be running as per normal timetables for those students needing to attend the supervision program.

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 on Monday, their lockers have been cleared and all items have been placed in a labelled bag and will be available for collection from Starkie Hall between 8:30 and 9:30 am on Thursday 6 August and Friday 7 August and between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Thursday 6 August. Unfortunately, we will have to cut the locks from these lockers.

For students from our Year 9 programme, for this week only, please call the Year 9 programme and they will organise the clearing and collection of items from the reception building at the Emmaus campus. 

Keep well
Keep safe


John Cortese