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Learning from Home update

Last Updated: 2.45 pm Monday, August 3, 2020


FAQs - General

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

There are currently no known diagnosed cases of COVID-19 amongst our students or staff.

Is the College closed?

Yes. As directed by the State Government, from Tuesday 4th August 2020 all students from Prep to Year 9 will continue to Learn from Home. Senior School students will commence Learning from Home on Wednesday, August 5th. It is anticipated that the Learning from Home program will run for the remainder of Term 3. Should the Premier make a change to this date, information will be shared with families as soon as it comes to hand.

What does this week look like for Year 12 students?

Monday August 3 - Last day students are able to learn on site.

Tuesday August 4 - Curriculum/Planning Day for Senior School teachers. We are taking advantage of the flexibility of this day to continue to run the scheduled Year 12 assessment tasks. Year 12 students who are impacted by this will be advised in a separate letter from the Head of Senior School 

Wednesday August 5 - Learning from Home commences.

Will the College keep providing supervision for children of Essential Services Workers (ESW)?

Yes. The College will be running an Essential Services Workers (ESW) Program. The criteria for students that can attend on-site has changed as follows:

  • Children whose parents are permitted workers.
  • Vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
  • Children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.

As with the program offered in Term 2, this will entail supervision of the Learning from Home program and not face-to-face teaching. This program will be supervised by teaching support staff. This service operates out of the Keilor Campus Junior School. Should you qualify to access this program, please contact Mrs Bettina Allen at  regarding your eligibility.

Will Out of School Care remain open in Term 3?

Yes. Big Childcare (our Out of School Care provider) is operating both Before School Care and After School Care for ESW Program students, but only from the Keilor Campus.

Will the dedicated Overnewton Bus Service be running in Term 3?

No. The dedicated bus service will not run at this time.

How can the College further support my child through this difficult period?

We acknowledge that the mental health needs of students, their families and the families of vulnerable children are going to be quite significant in this second phase of Learning from Home. 

Our students’ mental health remains incredibly important to us and so we remind parents that we are here to provide support. Our Chaplains and Student Services team are ready to help anyone who might need it.  Email our counsellors here

How do I contact the school to get assistance with my child’s Learning from Home program?

Simply complete our easy online Parent Contact Form here and your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member to support your child’s learning.

How do I contact the College with questions about COVID-19?

Please continue to use the COVID-19 email should you have any questions that you wish to raise with the College.

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

When will students receive their Semester 1 reports?

Statements of results will be provided to families on the following dates: 

Senior School                       July 31

Middle School & Year 9     August 7

Junior School                       August 28

When will Parent-Teacher interviews be scheduled?

Heads of Schools will be in contact with parents in relation to the scheduling of online Parent -Teacher interviews which will be held in the coming weeks.

Will essential staff be permitted on site at Keilor Campus?

Yes. Staff with roles critical to the functioning of the College will be on site unless directed otherwise by the Australian Government.  Prep – Year 12 core teaching staff will remain at home to deliver our remote learning model.

Can ESW Program students or essential staff attend the College if a member of their household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result?

No. As an additional precautionary measure, the College is requesting that if a member of your household is tested, then all members of that household are to remain at home until the test result is received. In particular, this means that, if one of your family members has been tested, then students or staff within that household are not to come to school.

What if an ESW Program student or essential staff member is feeling unwell?

ESW Program students and essential staff are expected to stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have a cough, cold or temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius. If students or staff become unwell during the school day they will be assessed by First Aid (including temperature check) and follow up will be communicated to families by the College Nurse.

Will the College be conducting daily temperature checks?

Yes. It is mandatory for all ESW Program students to be temperature checked when they arrive at school; we will require this of essential staff too. Any person whose temperature registers as 37.5 degrees C or higher will be sent home and advised to speak with their medical practitioner.

Is wearing a mask compulsory when onsite at the College?

Yes. From Tuesday July 21 all people over 12 years old that come onsite at the College are to wear a mask. Masks are to be worn at all times unless a staff member is sitting at their desk on their own or if a student is playing outside – exercising is a valid reason not to wear a mask although a mask is to be carried at all times.

The instructions about the wearing and disposing of masks can be found here and here.

In which other ways is the College managing Health and Hygiene for students and staff during face-to-face learning?

There will be an increased level of cleaning throughout the day in all areas of the College but with a focus on areas subject to high levels of physical contact.

In addition: 

  • All staff will be supplied with hygiene kits including hand sanitisers, disinfectant spray and wipes
  • Extra hand washing stations will be placed throughout the College
  • As all water fountains will be closed, we ask that all students bring a full water bottle each day
  • Physical distancing by separating desks will occur, where possible
  • Parents are reminded to keep any student home who is presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms and to inform the College

Will parents be allowed to enter the College?

No. Parents are not able to come on site until further notice, unless invited to do so. Therefore, if an EWS student is driven to school, they are to be dropped off at their car.

Is the onsite College Uniform Shop open?  

No. In line with our current policy of parents not coming on site, the College Uniform Shop will not be reopening on Keilor Campus until further notice. Ample stock of uniforms is available for purchase at Noone Imagewear, 43 Keilor Rd Niddrie. Noone’s have extended their trading hours to allow for this.  Please contact Noone Imagewear's Niddrie store directly via their website or via phone on 1800 339 570 for further information.

Can documents still be hand delivered to the College reception?

No. Any documentation must be sent electronically or via Australia Post rather than dropped at our Campus receptions.

Teacher conversations will be conducted over the phone or via Microsoft Teams by appointment, as per the communications guidelines.

Parent support group (PSG) meetings continue to be conducted remotely.

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. 

What is happening with Sport, Camps, Excursions and Assemblies in Term 3?

  • ACS and the Year 5/6 competitions will not resume this term.
  • No camps will take place until further notice.
  • No large assemblies nor large Chapel services will take place onsite. However, Assemblies and Chapel will take place online for Term 3 until further notice

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 at the moment.

Are our builders still permitted on our sites? 

Yes. Given that the building industry 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. 


Online Co-Curricular Program 

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What is the Co-Curriculum and why is engaging in this program important during this period of Learning from Home?

The Co-Curriculum at Overnewton is defined as any activity which takes place ‘beyond the classroom.’ At Overnewton, these activities fall into four pillars:

  • Encore – Instrumental Music and Theatre
  • Activate – Sport
  • Synergy – Community Service and Service Learning
  • Be Heard – Debating and Public Speaking

The Co-Curriculum can be a great outlet in this time of isolation. We want to broaden your opportunities and experience, foster success and have some fun together! We want to provide a space for relationships to build with like-minded teachers/students/coaches and embrace this opportunity to do things a little differently.

Is the Overnewton Online Co-Curricular program compulsory for all students?

No. At Years 5-9, participation in the Core Program is compulsory during the regular Co-Curricular blocks which take place during the timetable. In Term 3, Years 10-12 students will have an option to be involved in the Core Program on Wednesday afternoons.  Students from Years Prep-12 can take part in a range of voluntary programs too.

What flexibility is offered to Year 12 students who wish to engage in the Online Co-Curricular Program?

Year 12’s have the freedom to engage in as much or as little of the program as they wish to.

The Co-Curriculum has always been about complementing a student’s academic program, not distracting from it. During the period of home learning, we want to take the pressure off our Year 12 students and will be removing the compulsory 100 points Co-Curricular requirement.

Having Year 12 students involved enriches our programs and we encourage that you embrace the opportunity to engage in programs and activities which really appeal to you.

Will the Co-Curricular Program take up a lot of my child's time?

The programs on offer are not designed to be time intensive and there is a lot of flexibility to complete activities within your own space and time. Lessons can be repeated too.

We have tried to model the timetable as closely as possible so students will engage in the CORE Program at the time they normally do. Rehearsals for Bands and Ensembles, in the majority, will take place at their regular times (ie after school).

Does my child need any special equipment to take part in this program?

Your child will need an electronic device, Macbook or iPad to access the content which will be uploaded onto Stile and to communicate in live discussions via Microsoft Teams / Zoom.

Depending on the program, they will require the equipment they would normally use for the activity. (E.g. musical instrument, sporting equipment). Students will need access to a safe physical environment clear of any obstructions and with sufficient room to complete their activities. Where possible, program leaders will offer equipment variations and suggestions to make it simple to engage in these programs from home. 

Will my child get to connect with teachers / coaches / leaders / students in real time?

Yes, there are many opportunities for students to connect with both staff and students within this program via the Microsoft Teams and Zoom platforms. Examples include the virtual team ‘Bus Rides’ (see below for more information), SRC meetings, band and ensemble rehearsals, live sport training and much, much more.

What are the key phases of the Overnewton Online Co-Curriculum program?

CORE: a compulsory weekly program which is predominantly sport focussed (11 unique sporting choices and Cheer Sport). Students can engage with elements of the Encore (5/6 Musical and SS Penman Theatre Group) and Synergy Programs (Year 9 and SS) within this phase.

CONNECT: refers to meetings, rehearsals and showcases. Involvement in the Connect phase is voluntary for students in Years Prep – Year 12. Activities are led by the leaders of the Co-Curriculum but can also include wellbeing, pastoral care and facets of the House program.

There is an incredible number of CONNECT programs which are currently still taking place ‘beyond the classroom’, albeit delivered differently, at Overnewton. There are a huge number of students engaging in these programs, before, during lunchtime and after-school.

CLUB: Clubs are accessible to all students from Prep - Year 4 and refer to age appropriate activities, which are designed and delivered by some of your favourite teachers. Activities fall into the categories of ‘Ball’, ‘Body’ and ‘Brain’, and a variety of activities will be uploaded to Stile each week. The activities are designed for fun, to be completed independently, by choice, in your own time. 

Which programs can Junior School / Middle School / Year 9 / Senior School students engage in?

Students from Years 5-12 will be provided will engagement opportunities from the CORE and CONNECT phases.

Junior School students can engage in CONNECT and CLUB offerings.

Which programs are compulsory?

The CORE Program is a new take on the Co-Curricular block which takes place within the weekly timetable.

Participation is compulsory for students in Years 5 – 9.  Students in Years 10 – 12 can engage in an optional program in Term 3.

The CORE Program takes place on the following days:

  • Years 7/8 - Tuesdays from 1.30pm
  • Years 10-12 – Wednesdays from 1.30pm
  • Year 9 - Thursdays from 1.30pm
  • Years 5/6 - Fridays from 9.00am

 Students will receive a ‘Bus Outline’ each week, detailing their ‘real time’ connection session with program leaders.

What is the ‘Bus Ride?’ 

The ‘Bus Ride’ is one component of the compulsory CORE program and can be described as series of guided chats which are real-time connection opportunities for students with shared interests.

Each week, students will meet online with their bus leader and teammates to see and talk to each other, share experiences and discuss the new world of sport / activity in their current lives.

In Term 3, students in Years 5 & 6 will continue to ‘meet’ for weekly bus rides.

How will College Sport / Music / Theatre / Oratory / Community Service / House Programs be offered in a home learning environment?

The Overnewton Online Co-Curricular Program endeavours to capture the essence of the ‘beyond the classroom’ opportunities we know and love and find creative ways to learn, connect, be active, feel challenged and have fun together in a home learning environment!

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