10 September 2020
Update 20 on SMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID – 19)
Victoria continues to be in lockdown (Stage 4) and remote and flexible learning regulations remain in force. Of course, this is not an ideal situation for children, their parents and teachers, and the Victorian community as a whole. However, current circumstances have been put in place under the authority of the Victorian State Government and Department of Health and Human Services.
Last weekend’s Government Roadmap laid out plans for education in addition to other areas of life. In a nutshell for education:
- Students from Grade 3 to Year 10 will continue with remote and flexible learning and a date for return to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice
- VCE and VCAL students can only attend on site for essential assessments during the week of 5 – 9 October including the General Assessment Test (GAT) on Wednesday, 7 October
- From the week commencing 12 October, Years 11 and 12 students will attend on site schooling full-time, and Year 10 students enrolled in a VCE or VCAL program will attend onsite.
Parents, please rely on the College if there is any reason for you to seek out and ask for assistance. I refer to helping your child learn, maintaining your child’s ability to cope appropriate to his/her age, finance, your own wellbeing to the extent that we can as a school.
We do offer counselling resources and advice, teachers are available through email, our Minders to Monicans are contactable by parents (email preferred), Q&A papers have been prepared and are online, our Finance and Business Office is open, senior staff are rostered on duty in Augustine House each day, utilise continuous reporting for up-to-date information on academic progress, and you are able to be kept informed by using our Facebook, Instagram, College website, reading these briefings, and the fortnightly Principal’s Bulletin.
The College leaders are ensuring that what can happen in Term 4, will happen (in some form). Teachers and Minders to Monicans are ready for the long haul and the significant workloads that will occur in Term, 4. Everyone’s priority is the wellbeing and education of your children. Never before has our school motto, ‘Pray and Persevere’ had more significance.
Holy Spirit, come down amongst us, Holy Dove.
Grace us with your spiritual gifts of Wisdom,
Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge,
Piety and Fear of the Lord.
Strengthen us in this time of hardship and grief.