Prep them well for VCE

COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5.11 pm Tuesday 7th April 2020

Principal's Address 

Greetings to all of you in this week leading up to Easter.

This morning, you will have heard the Premier and Education Minister address our State in relation to what schooling will look like for Term 2 in Victoria. All students will be learning from home, with the exception of vulnerable children, and children who, on certain days, are not able to be supervised at home because parents and caregivers are in essential services and where no other arrangements can be made.

Learning from Home will recommence on Wednesday, April 15. Learning from Home will continue for all of Term 2; there will be no face to face teaching provided in schools.

We are extremely grateful to the 800+ families who responded to our survey at the end of Term 1.  We will continue to seek parent feedback in the coming weeks in order to provide the best Learning at Home program we can for the children of Overnewton College.

Also announced this morning were statements that gave some indication about how students in Year 12 will conclude their year. At this stage, VCE exams will be held in December; the GAT will be postponed until October or November. VCAA continues to work towards ensuring that the fairest provision for the VCE can occur in Victoria so that students can gain an ATAR score for tertiary selection for 2021. Further details will be provided for Senior School students in a separate letter for students and their families.

If you missed it, this link takes you to the interview given by Mitchell Sprague, Chair of the SRC, on the ABC. Mitchell shared his concerns as a VCE student along with other students from across the State. It provides an insight into the concerns Year 12 students have in 2020. As a College, we share these concerns and will continue to provide avenues for learning online, and back at school next term, to ensure that our Year 12s still have a wonderful time of concluding their education at Overnewton.

Given that students will be Learning from Home for all of Term 2, there will be no exams held this term for students from Years 8-12. There will be some assessments provided online but no formal examinations will be held on-site.

Next week, families will receive information about a new Learning from Home co-curricular program that will operate this term. From online public speaking competitions to online service opportunities and physical activity, a program is in place to continue providing ways for students to connect with each other and their community whilst also remaining active.

All of us are experiencing the foreign nature of the physical isolation that has been expected of all Australians. These are challenging times for each of us with common experiences like no other before. They will define this generation of students. Therefore, we must work together to ensure that the shaping of our students occurs in the most positive way possible, for the wellbeing of our children and the future of our country.

Further details will be provided on Tuesday of next week about how the next stage of learning from home will be rolled out on April 15.

Additionally, information about fees for Term 2 will be provided next week.

In the meantime, please continue to use the COVID-19 email should you have any questions that you wish to raise with us.

Yours sincerely

James Laussen

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the College?

As at Tuesday 7th April, there are no known diagnosed cases of COVID-19 amongst our students or staff.

When will Term 2 commence for our students?

Wednesday 15th April Learning from Home will commence.

How long will students be Learning from Home?  

As stated by the State Government, it is anticipated that the Learning from Home program will run for all of Term 2.

My child is in VCE.  What does this mean for them?

Parents of students undertaking their VCE this year will be concerned about how this time is going to look for their sons and daughters.

As announced on the 7th April the Minister of Education stated that VCE exams will be held in December and the GAT will be postponed until October or November.

VCAA continues to work towards ensuring that the fairest provision for the VCE can occur in Victoria so that our students can gain an ATAR score for tertiary selection for 2021. Further details will be provided for Senior School students in a separate letter for students and their families.

 We will continue to follow the advice provided by VCAA. For further information click here   

What does Learning from Home look like for my child?

Specific details about how each day will look for your children as they test learning from home will be provided to families directly. 

How do I prepare for Learning from Home?

Click here to view guidelines for families to help you prepare your home technology for online.

Where can I update my contact details? 

Families can update their contact details either by emailing Bettina Allen click here or via the Parent Portal click here

Is the on site College Uniform Shop open?  

No. At this stage, the College uniform shop will not reopen until Term 3. Please contact Noone Imagewear's Niddrie store directly via their website or via phone on 1800 337 570 or in-person at 543 Keilor Rd, Niddrie VIC 3042. 

How is the Family Involvement Program impacted? 

The Family Involvement Program has been suspended until further notice. Parents that have committed to an activity with their relevant workgroup coordinator in Term 1 will receive credits towards those hours. 

Will the dedicated Overnewton Bus Service still run in Term 2?

No. We will not be operating our dedicated bus service in Term 2.

Will College facilities remain open for 3rd party use? 

No. External providers have been advised that College facilities will no longer be available to hire.

Are our builders still permitted on our sites? 

Yes. Given that the building sites on both campuses are technically not our property and that the builders do not have access to any of our facilities, there is no concern about the builders being on site.

Does the College have a good hygiene policy in place?

Yes. We are following the current recommendations by the Australian Government and WHO in supporting students and staff by:

  • Refilling soap dispensers across the College at a minimum of 3 times per day so students can practise good hand hygiene.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces across the College 
  • Encouraging all students and staff to wash their hands often, and for a minimum of 20 seconds, with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • Promoting good respiratory hygiene, including:
    • Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
    • Disposing of tissues properly

Source: Department of Health  

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