Update from John Cortese – 1 October 2021

Term 4 Return to School Dates

Week 1

  • Year 12 (and Year 11 in Unit 3/4 classes) full time onsite from Monday 4 October:
    • GAT – Tuesday 5 October: All Year 12 VCE and Year 11 students undertaking Unit 3/4 VCE subject will attend Pastoral Group, undertake the GAT and then attend Lesson 5 and 6 classes onsite.
    • Those Year 12 student undertaking VET and VCAL will attend normal classes onsite.
  • Year 11:
    • Remote learning Monday 4 October – Tuesday 5 October.
    • Return full time onsite Wednesday 6 October.
    • Year 11 students who are studying a Unit 3/4 subject will attend for these classes and the GAT on Monday 4 October and Tuesday 5 October.
    • Year 11 students will not need to wear uniform for these two days. If students stay onsite, they will be able to study in the library.
  • Year 10:
    • Year 10 students enrolled in a Unit 1/2 subject will attend onsite for these classes from Wednesday 6 October (the return date for Year 11 students).
    • Year 10 students will not need to wear uniform for these three days. If students stay onsite, they will be able to study in the library.
  • All other Year levels and McAuley Champagnat Program:
    • Remote Learning Monday 4 October – Friday 8 October.

Weeks 2 and 3

  • Year 11 and 12 continue onsite full time
  • Year 7 return full time onsite from Monday 11 October
  • Year 8, 9 and McAuley Champagnat Program return onsite for classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Remote Learning other days)
  • Year 10 return onsite for classes Thursdays and Fridays (Remote Learning other days)

Summer Uniform Transition

Until Monday, 18 October 2021, students have the option of wearing correct summer or winter uniform. From Monday, 18 October, correct summer uniform is to be worn. The uniform shop is open for purchasing any new items. Opening times are published on the College website.  Students are to wear winter uniform if they do not have correct summer uniform organised yet – uniform passes for wearing PE uniform in place of summer uniform will not be granted. College hats are to be worn by all students when they are outside at recess and lunchtime and for any outdoor classes from day 1 of term 4.

Events and Cancellations

  • Week 1 Term 4 all excursions - CANCELLED
  • Year 8 JE/MU scheduled for 6 October to 8 October – CANCELLED
  • Year 8 Time and Space Evening – 11 October – CANCELLED
  • Year 10 Ball – CANCELLED - Letter to Year 10 Families

Onsite Supervision

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program from Monday, 4 October to Friday, 8 October 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.

Bookings must be made by 12:00pm the day prior.

Criteria for Onsite Supervision Program:

  1. Children who have been previously been attending because their parent/s and/or carer/s were considered authorised workers.
  2. Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
    1. in out-of-home care
    2. deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    3. 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 other health service)
    4. where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

Year 9 and MCP students booked into supervision programme will be based at the Emmaus Campus.

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

Knight St - The canteen will be available to purchase food or drinks on a reduced menu. 

Year 9 - The canteen will not be available to purchase food or drinks.  Students must ensure they bring food and a drink bottle. 

MCP – The Café will function as usual.

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.

MCP Students will be contacted by staff and booked in by staff.

COVID-19 Health Advice

Please continue to follow any Health Department directives regarding testing and quarantine requirements.

Key behaviours required for reducing COVID-19 transmission risk include staying home when unwell, performing regular hand hygiene and, where possible, pursuing strategies to support physical distancing.

Students and staff should continue to be vigilant and remain home if unwell.

Hand hygiene remains one of the critical measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission.  Hands should be cleaned with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or washed with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Students should cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue.

Face Coverings

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or if an exception applies.
  • Must be worn on all public transport.
  • All students MUST bring their own face masks to school. It’s advisable for students to have spare face masks in their locker should they require a replacement. Students who do not bring masks or refuse to wear them without an exemption will not be able to remain at school and will need to be collected from the College by parents/guardians.

Exceptions:

  • Staff must wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable, except where removal of a face mask is necessary for effective communication.
  • Students who have a medical exemption not to wear a mask must provide a note from their parents/guardians outlining the reason.  The note is then taken to their Head of House who will issue them with an exemption sticker.

We look forward to seeing all students back at school and settling back into routine.

If you have any significant concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House, Learning Community Leader or Wellbeing Support Service.

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