Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 19 July 2021

COVID-19 Update

Premier Dan Andrews has announced that Victoria’s lockdown will be extended and exact details in relation to the extension were still to be worked through.

The College will update you as soon as we have more information.

  • From 11:59pm Thursday 15 July, all of Victoria returned to stage four lockdown restrictions, meaning there are only four main reasons to leave the home:
    • Food and supplies
    • Vulnerable Children and Children of essential Work personnel
    • Care and caregiving
    • Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person
    • Getting vaccinated
  • Exercise and shopping will be limited to within 5 kilometres of the home, unless your nearest shops are further away.
  • Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors and no visitors will be allowed in homes. 

 What does this mean for Notre Dame College Students?

Remote Learning will continue, and we encourage students to check into their Google Classroom for lessons, completing attendance questions and to request support from Pastoral Group Leaders, Teachers and Heads of House, Learning Community Leaders, Directors as necessary.

Google classrooms and Microsoft Teams will be used by teachers to communicate and conduct lessons.

Please CLICK HERE to view the Remote Learning Programme@NDC for Parents and Families.

Onsite Supervision

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program from Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 23 July 2021:

  1. Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers as listed who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
    1. Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision,
    2. or single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  2. Vulnerable children, including: children in out-of-home care:
    1. children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    2. children 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 another health service)

Any Year 9 student booked into supervision programme will be based at Knight Street.

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

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

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

Access to Student Lockers

Students who still need to access their lockers to collect all materials can do so during office hours 8.00am to 3.45pm.  Only students are permitted onsite (parents are not permitted). All visitors to the site, including students, will need to use the Government QR code to register their presence at the site for contact tracing purposes.

Please report to main reception at your campus, use the QR Code to check in and they will direct you to a staff member to assist in collecting your books. 

Camps and Excursions

All camps and excursions scheduled during lockdown have been cancelled.

Subject Selections

Subject Selection Sessions scheduled for this week will be postponed.  Learning and Teaching are working on rescheduling these and you will be notified once the schedule has been finalised.

Structured Workplace Learning and Work Experience for all Schools

The Victorian Government made further announcements on Thursday 15 July in relation to COVIDSafe settings in Victoria.

Structured workplace learning (SWL) and work experience placements from Friday 16 July until the end of lockdown should be deferred, or if that is not possible, cancelled. If SWL or work experience placements are deferred or cancelled, all efforts should be made to arrange suitable alternative arrangements for students.

For further information, see Structured workplace learning (SWL) and work experience during COVID-19 (

Notebook Service Centre Support

For parents and students to access technical support from the Notebook Service Centre please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As of 11:59pm on 14 July 2021, all Victorian citizens over the age of 12 years are compelled to wear masks when out of their home. Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

In schools, this means that all school-based staff and secondary school students will be required to wear a face covering at all times unless an exemption applies.


While it's normal to feel frustrated and unsettled by all the uncertainty COVID-19 and lockdown brings, there are ways you can equip yourself while dealing with life changes.  We hope you find these strategies and suggestions helpful for your young person and even yourself. Take care.

Your children are able to contact our Wellbeing Support Service directly by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.