2020 Revised VCE Examination Periods

 

As a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on school delivery of this year’s VCE program, the 2020 VCE examination periods have been rescheduled.

The following revised examination periods for 2020 were approved by the VCAA Board on 20 May 2020:

  • General Achievement Test (GAT)
    Wednesday 9 September
  • Performance and Languages oral examinations and Extended Investigation: oral presentations
    Monday 12 October – Sunday 8 November
  • Written examinations
    Monday 9 November – Wednesday 2 December

The 2020 VCE examination timetable will be published before the end of Term 2.

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 20 May 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,

 “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere else.”
Albert Einstein

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.

For 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.

Students could:

  • go fishing or bike riding or walking
  • bake cakes or biscuits or dinner for the family
  • read
  • 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

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Senior Classes

  • 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

Work Placement

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.

Any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Bus Travel

  • 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.


Student Uniform

  • 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.

2021 Enrolments

  • 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.

Leave Passes

  • 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.

Keep well,
Keep safe,
Regards,
John Cortese 

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 12 May 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,

“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.”
Rosaleen Dickson

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.

Keep well,
Keep safe,
Regards,
John Cortese

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 08 May 2020



Dear Parents/Carers,

A Mothers Love

“Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love guided me and gave me wings to fly.”
Sarah Malin

Returning to School

We are currently monitoring Federal announcements and will await further direction from our State leaders and Catholic Education Director over the weekend. We will implement directions accordingly but expect that for our College, we will be continuing as we have been so far this Term for next week. Returning our staff and students to the site, when it happens, will be complex and it will take our Leadership Team time to respond to new guidelines and plan a course of action for our College.

Message from Paul Desmond – Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst

Please CLICK HERE

Remote Learning Program

Teachers have proven to be extremely adaptable and innovative during this period and we’re all trying our best and experimenting to make the remote learning programme at NDC as successful as possible.

Please note the college has relaxed the group size limits using MS Teams and teachers now have the option to conduct a portion of their timetabled class as a live stream.

Live streaming offers some academic, social and wellbeing benefits for students whilst they continue to learn from home.

It is important to note the option to live stream classes is not a requirement of the ‘Remote Learning Program @ NDC’ and does not replace the general principles and expectations of students to meet the teacher’s learning expectations and attendance requirements as outlined in the Google classroom for each timetabled class.

Feedback received from some teachers, students and parents, has indicated that for some contexts, live streamed classes will enhance the learning experience.

Please note the following:

Remote Learning Program @ NDC – Live streamed classes

General Principles:

  • Live streamed lessons are to be conducted using Microsoft Teams
  • Students and parents will be informed in advance of the live streamed lesson
  • Video recording of live streamed classes is not allowed
  • Time limits: Teachers are encouraged to limit the time for live streaming lessons and restrict live streaming to a portion of the timetabled lesson. As a guide teachers should not live stream for more than 30 minutes.

A sample 30 minute live streamed lesson could be as follows:

  • Welcome and greeting: First 5 minutes teachers welcomes students into the class
  • Direct instruction: Teacher direct instruction for 15 minutes –students are encouraged to use the chat function to post their questions so the teacher can attend to queries and common themes.
  • Q&A / Clarification: 10 minutes – Q & A with teacher to address queries and clarify expectations for completion of the task/project.

The college is committed to maintain our legal and professional requirements relating to Child Safe as follows:

  • Video recording of live streamed lessons is not allowed
  • The teacher manages the online environment as they do in a face to face classroom.
  • The live streamed lesson is a classroom and therefore school behaviour and discipline policies apply. Norms for online behaviour and expectations of the student should be clear and known including appropriate attire, background and informing others.
  • Parents should not be visible on screen or join any group/class chats being moderated by the teacher, unless they have been authorised by the teacher prior to the class.
  • Teachers will not allow any unauthorised access to the live streamed lesson.
  • All programs not needed for learning, including email, should be shut down prior to the lesson.
  • At the end of the lesson, students will exit the lesson before the teacher.

For any queries, please contact Kris Walker

Survey

Thank you to all the parents who complete the survey regarding our Remote Learning Program @NDC. Please CLICK HERE to see the feedback that the survey produced. It is very gratifying to see such positiveness across the College from the Parents, Staff and Students to what is a very new way of learning.

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 this document. 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..

Registering your child for on-site supervision at Knight St Campus

Registrations open each Monday for the next week, parents are required to register their child/ren by 12:00pm each Thursday for the following week. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

Enrolments Open for 2021

Please CLICK HERE for the detailed process regarding enrolling your child at Notre Dame College for 2021.  Re-enrolments for existing students will happen later in the year.

If you have any queries, you are most welcome to call the College on (03) 5822 8400 or email the College Enrolment Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep well,
Keep safe,
Regards,

John Cortese

Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 29 April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.”

Pope John XXIII

We hope that your children are all managing to find their way through their learning in Term 2 and that you’re finding ways to support them as they navigate the Remote Learning Program.

Assembly

We decided last week that we should try to continue with some things as normally as possible, so we planned a student assembly. These are not always events that our parent community are able to get along too, however, we would like to share this one with you all. We’ve put aside Lesson 5 today (the first lesson after lunch) for all students to view the assembly, they will not receive a lesson from their teachers for Lesson 5 today. Please CLICK HERE to view our College Assembly online.

Survey

We are also very keen to hear from you all as to how you feel our Remote Learning Program @NDC has been going so far. Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey. We have sent a similar survey to all of out our staff and students and will use all of the feedback to continue to make improvements as we move through the Term.

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 this document.

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..

Registering your child for on-site supervision at Knight St Campus

Registrations open each Monday for the next week, parents are required to register their child/ren by 12:00pm each Thursday for the following week. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Enrolments Open for 2021

Please CLICK HERE for the detailed process regarding enrolling your child at Notre Dame College for 2021.  Re-enrolments for existing students will happen later in the year.

If you have any queries, you are most welcome to call the College on (03) 5822 8400 or email the College Enrolment Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep well,
Keep safe,
Regards,

John Cortese

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