Dear Parents and Carers

We are exceptionally pleased that the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced an end to the current lockdown from midnight on Thursday and the easing of COVID restrictions across regional Victoria.

Onsite schooling will resume on Friday for Year 12 students and for students studying a VCE Unit 3-4 subject. Our expectations for student attendance is as follows:

  • Year 12 students will attend their full timetable on site and will be required at school for the full and normal school day.
  • Year 10 and 11 students studying a Unit 4 subject may attend their onsite Unit 4 class and then may return home for the remainder of their remote classes. These students are required to sign in at Student Reception when they arrive on site and must sign out at Student Reception when they leave campus.
  • Any Year 10 and 11 student who is studying a Unit 3/4 subject may remain at school should they not have transport to return home. These students will be supervised in a study room and will be expected to follow their remote timetable classes.
  • Eligible Year 10 and 11 students that are permitted to be on site will receive a survey link tomorrow to indicate the days and times they will be on campus. This is to facilitate administrative arrangements such as student supervision.
  • The canteen will operate for students from this coming Friday to the end of the term.
  • All students attending on site are expected to wear their full and correct school uniform and our usual school expectations will apply.

All other year levels will continue with remote learning until the holidays. The last day of term is Friday, 17th September.

The last day of term 3 has been calendared as our Founders’ Day celebrations.

  • The day will commence with a Founders’ Assembly during the homeroom period and for part of Lesson 1 (to about 9:30).
  • All students, whether in remote learning or on site, will need to log in to this whole school event. Further details about accessing details of our Founders’ Day celebration will be communicated with students.
  • Remote learning for students in Years 7 to 11 will not be offered on our Founders’ Day. Instead, we want to encourage our students in Years 7 to 11 to have a ‘screen-free wellbeing’ day from Lesson 2 onwards. Care for vulnerable students will not be offered on this day.
  • Students studying English and Literature Unit 4 are expected to attend school for the full day to write their practice Unit 4 examination and lunch will be provided for these Year 12 students. The term will conclude at 2:30.

There is no indication yet what Term 4 schooling will look like and we will keep you informed as details become available.

Onsite supervision for Years 7 to 11 students of essential services workers with no other care options for their children and households without internet access remain the same.

As has been our practice, families must inform the Principal’s PA (Jenny Barake on or on 5233 9252) if their child:

  • has been diagnosed as having COVID-19
  • has had a COVID-19 screening test and is in isolation
  • has a family member living at home who has COVID or who is deemed a close contact
  • is notified as being a close contact at an exposure site.

Our main message to our families continues to be the same as previously:

  • Students must remain at home when unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. Students who have family members experiencing symptoms and waiting for test results must stay at home.
  • Practise good hygiene: wash hands frequently with warm soap and water or use hand sanitisers and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Practise physical distancing: keep 1.5 m apart from others whenever possible.

For the students returning to school on Friday: PLEASE BRING A MASK! With the return to onsite class, face coverings:

  • must be worn at all times, unless a medical exemption applies;
  • must be worn on public transport and buses.

We will enforce strict hygiene procedures for those on campus and continue to promote COVID-safe practices. We all have a responsibility to help keep Colac safe. With limited student numbers for the next week, we have an opportunity to spread our classes across the campus to allow for more social distancing in the classrooms.

Your contact points with the College remain the same. You can email Year Level Coordinators, homeroom teachers and subject teachers with your queries. You can also contact the school on 5233 9200 should you have any further enquiries.

Normal bus services will be in operation. Students should, where practical, check-in via a QR code service when travelling to and from school on public transport.

Thank you once again for supporting your child through this current period of remote learning. We look forward to seeing our senior students back on campus on Friday and we will continue to support all other year levels through remote learning until we can welcome them back on campus.

Kind regards

Paul Clohesy, Principal

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