Update 13, 2021 on SMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

Parents, Guardians and Carers,

Lockdown 6 extends until midnight on Thursday, 2 September 2021.  Until that time, school children (with some exceptions below) attend online learning sessions off campus.  St Monica’s College will continue to offer this method of teaching.

Please note that all lessons will continue to be conducted online except for Home Room; Years 7 – 10 Pastoral lessons; Year 8 Growth & Relationship classes; and Year 12 Religious Education.

The Monican Minders program for Years 7 to 12 remains.  Your child is contacted online by a Minder staff member to check on his/her wellbeing and to be the contact person between College and Home.  Please remain connected to the College through the Minder attached to your child and his/her Home Room class.

If a school counsellor’s advice and help is required, there is a counsellor on site every day.  Contact that person (9409 8800) and help will be forthcoming.  Your child is also able to email their regular counsellor and receive help from that professional.

Our Finance Office is also open for enquiries or calls.  It is important that you contact the Finance Office should that be necessary for you.  There is nothing to fear, and no reason to be ashamed.

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 are eligible for on-site provision at the College.

These circumstances are:

  • Where there are two parent/ 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.

(In these two categories above, from 18 August, parents and carers will only be able to request on-site supervision for their children if they hold a permit as an authorised worker.  The College makes an updated on-site attendance form available to parents/ carers who require on-site learning for their children.  A copy of the permit/s must be submitted as soon as practicable after issuance for those seeking on-site supervision).

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Children experiencing vulnerability in the three categories below do not require a permit for accessing on-site supervision. 

These are:

  • In out-of-home care
  • Deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • Identified by a school 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).

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 at mainstream schools.  Contact the diocesan education office if your require further advice.

Please book a place for your child daily through https://www.stmonicas-epping.com/supervision

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It is appreciated greatly if visits to the school to collect items are kept to an absolute minimum or not made at all.

Please remember that assistance or advice is right on hand at SMC through an email, a phone call, message to teacher or Monican Minder, or Counsellor.

A rigorous fortnight awaits us.

Shalom – Anywhere You Go.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Hanley OAM
College Principal