Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 20 May 2020
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere else.”
Caritas K’s - Push Up for a Hand Up
Our main fundraising event for Semester Two is the Caritas Push Up for a Hand Up – happening this Thursday May 21, Lesson 3 and 4.
There are no classes running at this time and the College will pause from all other work as we would normally do for the Caritas Ks walkathon.
So for lesson 3 and 4 all staff and students will be dedicated to ensuring this fundraiser is successful and contributing with their push ups, or alternative exercise, under the direction of their House Captains.
This event will be live streamed to all members of our community and there will be a number of guests invited into this space, including the CEO of Caritas Australia.
Some of the main points related to this event are:
- The opportunity this gives us to create community, House Spirit and gather everyone together again
- At the same time this is less about us and more about what we can do for others
- Promotion of the Catholic Social Teaching – The common good: The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.
- The focus is on Caritas and what they do to assist those most in need
- This is a fundraising event, but is also an opportunity to raise awareness and participate in doing something about the common good.
- An opportunity to once again be united as a College, all working together with a common cause
We encourage all families to contribute to the fundraising efforts of this event, via the Caritas Australia website, where Notre Dame College has its own fundraising page https://lent.caritas.org.au/notre-dame-college-shepparton#blank please donate to the House that your child is associated with.
Student Learning from next week
We have developed a document for all students which outlines some of the changes we have made around the College and our expectations of students.
In pastoral groups on Tuesday, pastoral group leaders will explain the requirements of students when they return to school using this document. We encourage parents to read through this document with their child before they return to school. - CLICK HERE
Monday 25 May - Student Free Day
As staff spend Monday working to ensure the College is ready for the Year 11 and 12 students to return on Tuesday, we see Monday as a great opportunity for students to take a day off from their computers and screens, to reconnect with themselves and those around them – adhering to the rules of physical distancing of course.
Screens have been a wonderful tool for us to continue to provide an education to your child, and for us to communicate with our College community, however taking some time away from the screen gives us an opportunity for our eyes to rest, our bodies to stretch, conversations to flow, and our attention and minds to settle. All of which supports the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing.
Below we have listed a range of ideas to get students started on thinking of what they could do with their time away from their school computers.
- go fishing or bike riding or walking
- bake cakes or biscuits or dinner for the family
- get creative with drawing or painting
- listen to music
- walk the dog – yours or the neighbours
- play board games
- get in touch with or visit grandparents
- complete a random act of kindness
- dance and/or sing
- meditate – or go for a mindful walk
- look at old family pictures
- visit a friend
- do some training in their chosen area of sport
- take a relaxing bath
- play a musical instrument
- Remote Learning for Year 11 (and yr 10 doing an accelerated VCE or VET programme) and 12 students finishes on Friday 22 May – no remote learning for classes are available after that date. It is a student free day on Monday 25 May to give teachers time to prepare for face to face teaching on the next day. Attendance onsite is compulsory from Tuesday 26 May.
- Year 10s will only attend for accelerated classes. They should not be on campus outside of their scheduled classes and should move straight to class and then directly off campus when it is finished. They will be wearing full Winter Uniform.
- If Year 10s need to stay on Campus for the full day their parents will need to register them in the Remote Learning Program - CLICK HERE
- Year 10 students need to communicate with their other teachers if travel time is going to disrupt their attendance in other classes.
- The College Library will be open normal hours.
- No Year 10 and Year 11 Exams will occur as previously scheduled on the College Calendar.
Students cannot attend school if they are unwell
- Students must stay home if they have any cold/flu symptoms or are unwell. You will be called to collect your child if they attend unwell.
- Parents must ensure that Asthmatic students bring their Ventolin or other preventer/reliever to school and keep it with them at all times.
- Students who have cold or flu-like symptoms will be sent to a designated area to await parent collection. Staff may be dressed in Personal Protective Equipment when aiding these students.
- Students will be asked all questions from the COVID Symptom Check App - https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool
As per CECV advice, students can resume their Structured Workplace Learning for the remainder of Term 2.
Belinda Picone (Workplace Learning Administration Officer) is currently contacting the employers to determine that the workplace has the appropriate health and safety measures in place that are consistent with the advice from the Chief Health Officer.
Students in Year 10 Industry and Enterprise are able to take up work placement in the upcoming school holidays if the Host Employer is happy to have them. Placement at GV Health and the Shepparton Law Courts are still paused until further notice.
The correct complete paperwork (SWL Arrangement Form) must be submitted prior to any placement so we are compliant with Ministerial Order 55. Students, parents or host employers are welcome to contact Belinda Picone with queries.
- Buses will be running as normal. Please note there were slight changes to the timetable at the commencement of Term 2. Procedures for ensuring hygiene on busses will also be shared on our website when we receive these from the bus companies. Details on our website - CLICK HERE.
- Students will return in full Winter Uniform. The uniform shop is open and times are on our website - CLICK HERE.
Parent Access to the College
- Parents/Guardians are requested to limit visiting the College, communication through email or phone is preferred.
- We will not be accepting cash for payment of the Application for Enrolment fee for Year 7 2021 students or any other new students. Please pay online as per instructions in the Enrolment Pack or refer to our website - CLICK HERE.
- The process for re-enrolments for existing students will be communicated to families in coming months.
- Please ensure notes for leave passes are given to students prior to attending school. Any requests for leave passes for same day appointments that are received during the school day may not be delivered on time as we will not have a Student Messenger. A reminder that all leave passes for medical appointments require a certificate of attendance when the student returns to school.
Continue to take care of yourselves and your children.
Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 12 May 2020
“Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.”
Very exciting news for Victoria this morning that we will be returning to face-to-face classes this term, I cannot wait to be seeing all of our students back in their classrooms. As we look forward to this transition back to face-to-face classes, we extend a sincere thank you to all of you who have been supporting our students in their learning over the past weeks. We recognise this hasn’t always been an easy task. As a College we are very grateful for the efforts you have made in ensuring our students have been able to keep up with their learning in the Remote Program.
In the words of our State leaders this morning, “We have one chance at getting this right”. Our key to success will be your continued support through the next stage of our transition back to face-to-face classes. For our Year 7-10 students the next four weeks might feel like a very long time as the anticipation and excitement of their return builds. There may also be some of our students who are feeling a bit anxious about transitioning back to face-to-face classes. We encourage you to continue accessing the Wellbeing Resources our Wellbeing Support Service have made available to you on our College Website – CLICK HERE to view. Our House Heads, Learning Community Leaders and Pastoral Group Leaders are also a great resource for you and your students as you begin to move through this next transition.
Timeline for Return to Face-to-Face Classes
Monday 25 May - Pupil Free Day
- There will be no classes on this day. It might be a good day for students to spend away from the computer screen if they can.
Tuesday 26 May - Students of Prep, Years 1 & 2 and Years 11 & 12 Resume Face-to-Face Classes
- Year 10 students undertaking a Unit 1 VET/VCE subject will attend classes and will need to be registered in the on-site supervision program for the whole day whenever they have a Unit VET/VCE class.
- Remote Learning continues for Years 3-10.
Monday 8 June – Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 9 June - Students of Years 3-6 and 7-10 Resume Face-to-Face Classes
On-Site Supervision Program
The on-site supervision program will continue to run until Friday 5 June. Registrations are currently open for next week – CLICK HERE to register.
Registrations will open on Monday 18 May for the period Tuesday 26 May – Friday 5 June. Please note there will be no on-site supervision program on Monday 25 May, this is a pupil free day and students will not have any classes.
Return to School – Conditions
A COVID Safe Plan for the College is currently under development. This will include protocols around hygiene, social distancing, cleaning and other activities for both staff and students. We will have details available to the community prior to the commencement of face-to-face classes.
Pease note that there will be no school or house assemblies, camps or excursions in Term 2.
Continue to take care of yourselves and your children.