Coronavirus Update from John Cortese – 21 August 2021

COVID-19 Update

Unfortunately, we have received the news this morning that Premier Dan Andrews has announced that Regional Victoria will enter into lockdown to respond to the current outbreak within Shepparton. He also congratulated the people of Shepparton for being so proactive in their response to COVID in our community. Please continue to follow all government directives and advice, it is so important right now that we do everything we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.

  • From 1:00pm today, all of Victoria will return to stage four lockdown restrictions, meaning there are only five main reasons to leave the home:
    • Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required).
    • Caregiving or compassionate reasons.
    • Authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate.
    • Exercise (up to two hours, with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household).
    • Receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
    • Other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply).
  • Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors and no visitors will be allowed in homes. 
  • From 11.59pm Monday 23/8/2021 essential workers will need a permit.

The lockdown is expected to end at 11:59pm on Thursday, 2 September 2021.

What does this mean for Notre Dame College Students?

Learning & Teaching

Notre Dame appreciates the challenges remote learning presents for everyone in the community, staff and students. We continue to hold high expectations for continuous learning and will adapt to the situation by modifying our learning intentions, success criteria and assessment tasks.

Remote Learning will recommence for all students from Monday, 23 August to Thursday, 2 September 2021. Students will return to school onsite on Friday, 3 September 2021.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams will be used by teachers to communicate with students and conduct lessons.

Parents are encouraged to communicate through their child's Pastoral group leader and Head of House if their child is unable to maintain the learning expectations of their teachers and consideration for adapted learning plans can be established.

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

General Assessment Test (GAT)

The General Assessment Test (GAT) has been rescheduled to Thursday, 9 September 2021.

Access to Student Lockers

Students will be able to access lockers to collect materials between 8:30am – 3:00pm each day.  Students only are permitted onsite (parents are not permitted). 

Students must report to main reception at either campus, use the QR Code to check in.

If your child can’t attend school to access their lockers, please contact the Office on 5822 8400 to make alternative arrangements.

Camps and Excursions

All camps and excursions scheduled to commence between Monday, 23 August and Thursday, 2 September 2021 have been cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

Structured Workplace Learning

Belinda Picone will be in touch with any students whose Structured Workplace Learning will be interrupted by this lockdown.

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.

Onsite Supervision

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program from Monday, 23 August to Thursday, 2 September 2021 at the Knight Street Campus.  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.

Criteria for Onsite Supervision Program:

  1. Both parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home and no other supervision arrangements can be made. For Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker Permit Eligibility and Exemption requirements - CLICK HERE. If you are eligible, once you have completed the booking you MUST email a copy of all relevant permits and/or if exempt from a permit copy of your employee identification card to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  2. Students considered vulnerable will be notified by our Wellbeing Team, Head of House or Director of Year 9.

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.  CLICK HERE to book using booking code WS7VU.

MASKS TO BE MANDATORY

Masks continue to be mandatory for 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.

Wellbeing

We understand that these can be difficult times to navigate for you and your children. Our Wellbeing Support Services Team have put together a collection of resources which might be useful for you.  CLICK HERE to access these resources. 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..

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