Coronavirus Update John Cortese - 3 September 2021

Thank you for your ongoing support of and cooperation with our measures to keep our staff and students safe.

A reminder to book your Parent / Teacher Interviews if you have not yet had the opportunity. CLICK HERE for more details.

Masks, Hygiene and Social Distancing

  • Masks need to be worn inside and outside at all times unless an exemption applies. Students with an exemption will be issued with a sticker to wear when onsite.
  • All staff, students and visitors to schools should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. This should be directed or supervised by staff for young students or where required.
  • Sharing of food is not recommended.
  • Use non-contact greetings (not shaking hands, hugging or kissing).
  • Staff and Students should practise physical distancing where possible.

No movement between campuses

Staff and students will be restricted to either Emmaus or Knight Street Campus. Year 9 and MCP students accessing the supervision program will be based at the Emmaus Campus. Year 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 students accessing the supervision program will be based at the Knight Street Campus.

Contacting the College

We will have a small number of staff working onsite to support our supervision program. We are required by government regulations to keep staff, students and visitors to the site to a minimum. Please do not come into the College without first calling or emailing:

  • Phone - 5822 8400
  • Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ICT Support

Students are able to contact the ICT Team for support by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Access to Student Lockers

Access to student lockers will be restricted to access for approved and essential items.

Students who urgently require resources from their lockers will need to apply using this FORM. The retrieval of resources will only be completed in urgent cases and will require approval by the DP Student Wellbeing or Director Year 9.

We have very limited staff available to make these retrievals and students who have their application approved may need to wait a couple of days for items. Students will be emailed when their items are ready for collection.

Teaching staff have been asked to work with students who don’t have all of their resources at home so that they won’t need to access materials which are still in lockers.

Students will not be allowed onto our site to retrieve items from lockers themselves.

No materials will be made available to student from their lockers before Wednesday, 8 September 2021.

General Assessment Test (GAT)

The General Assessment Test (GAT) has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 5 October.  More information will be provided closer to the date.

Year 12 Practice Exams

We will be setting up a collection point at the front of the College for students to come and collect on Wednesday 15th between 9.00 am - 12.00pm and Thursday 16th September between 1.00pm – 4 pm. More details will be emailed directly to Year 12 Students.

VCE & VET Unit 3/4 Onsite Assessment Tasks

  • There are strict rules around the type of Assessment Tasks we can run onsite. Staff will be in touch with parents and students directly to inform them if they will have an assessment task onsite.
  • Students attending an onsite assessment will be required to show evidence of a negative COVID test (in the preceding 72 hours) to their supervising teacher upon arrival.

Onsite Supervision from Wednesday 8 September 2021

  1. Knight Street Campus; Bishop Joe Grech Centre – Year 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 students
  2. Emmaus Campus; McAuley Champagnat Program
  3. Emmaus Campus; CR/KE Community – Year 9 students

Student Eligibility for Onsite Supervision

Bookings will open on Monday 6 September 2021.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all Catholic schools in Victoria will provide remote and flexible learning. Onsite Supervision will be provided for students in the following categories:

Category A

Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

Parents who are authorised workers will be able to register their own students for the supervision program. They will have to provide a copy of their permit(s), these will be checked by the College.

A link will be shared with all families on Monday 6 September to allow you to book into the Supervision Program from Wednesday 8 September.

Category B

Children experiencing vulnerability. These children will be registered by College Staff. If you feel that your child is vulnerable please contact their Head of House or Program Director.

Safety Measures

  • Students who are not registered will not be able to stay at the supervision program and will be sent home. Stricter guidelines around eligibility for registration will be enforced.
  • Where possible staff/students will move to outdoor areas to eat.
  • NO sporting activities (indoor, outdoor, contact and non-contact).
  • In addition all guidelines in the ‘Masks, Hand Hygiene and Social Distancing’ and an increased Cleaning Schedule will be followed by staff and students onsite for the Supervision Programs.

The Knight Supervision Program

  • Students and staff will need to report to the Bishop Joe Grech Building on southside for onsite supervision. Students must be seated in the community by 8.50am and must have their lunch and recess with them as there will be no access to the canteen.
  • Students that arrive late must report to the main office to be signed in. Once they have signed in, they will be sent to the Bishop Joe Grech Building.

The Year 9 Supervision Program

  • Year 9 students will need to report to the Crane/Kennedy community for onsite supervision. Students must be seated in the community by 8.50am and must have their lunch with them as the café will not be accessible.
  • Students that arrive late must report to the office and sign in. Once they have signed in, they can be sent to the Crane/Kennedy Community.

The MCP Supervision Program

  • Students will check in at the Office when they arrive.

Students with COVID Symptoms Onsite

It is important that any student (or staff member) who becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms while at school returns home and gets tested immediately. No student with COVID-19 symptoms should be dropped off at the College for Supervision.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Student Wellbeing during Remote Learning

Finding Remote Learning Difficult?

We understand that many students find it difficult to maintain motivation during remote learning. We also acknowledge that some of our learning enrichment students need extra support in breaking down tasks set by the classroom teachers at times. Assistance is available and we strongly encourage any student or family having difficulties to make contact with the relevant Head of House to discuss what supports can be accessed off site.

This could include:

Learning Enrichment

Our Learning Enrichment mentors have continued to support their students online during periods of remote learning. They have access to student’s google classrooms and can interact with students online through email and Teams meetings to offer support and guidance to students with completion of tasks.

Wellbeing Support Team

The Wellbeing Support Service Team has also been supporting students online with confidential check-ins and sessions to assist students to maintain motivation and reduce anxieties. If you would like to access our Wellbeing Support Service, email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be in contact.

Heads of House and Learning Community Leaders

Heads of House and Learning Community Leaders know their students well. In consultation with class teachers, they can adapt learning programmes to better meet the needs of students who may be finding the demands of remote learning challenging.