COVID-19 – 27 March Update 2

 

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

 

I write to wish you all well for what will be a very different school holiday break for many of you.

Please heed the Government’s advice and stay home these holidays as this is the way we will protect one another at this time.

I encourage you, wherever possible, to stay connected with your friends and loved ones over the next two weeks, whether it be by social media, a phone call, or even a zoom meeting.

MacKillop College is a remarkable community. We are a place that cares for one another and we live this out in our actions. At this time, let us keep this spirit alive and work together to ensure the wellbeing of all.

 

Stay calm and kind. And remember, in the words of Saint Mary of the Cross, ‘All in the end will be well.’

 

God Bless,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

COVID-19 – 27 March Update 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Please find below, a summary of implications for VCE, VET and VCAL students.

Our students, their families, and our teachers are understandably concerned about the impact COVID-19 will have on VCE, VET and VCAL throughout 2020. I’m writing to reassure you that the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is continuing to monitor the situation.

Their guiding principle resonates with me, as it is to assure that no student is disadvantaged. I’m confident that our students will be able to complete their VCAL, VET and VCE. To do so, however, we have to take a flexible and agile approach to meet the changes as they emerge.

Our teachers will provide students with the opportunity to engage with school-based assessment and meet course completion requirements.

My commitment to you, is to provide you with regular updates.

 

Kind regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

Reading Time with Boredom Busters

With the school holidays upon us, it is prime time to remind students of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge – whereby students are able to register their participation and read a minimum of 15 books over the challenge time.

Challenge time lasts through to September and in those months students need to read ten titles from the challenge list and five for their own pleasure. To participate, students just need to email library@mackillop.vic.edu.au, so staff can enter their names and be back in touch with login details. In the meantime, keep reading and recording the titles of all books you read.

If you are having trouble finding things to do then visit the Library page on the Portal and find the Boredom Busters, which may help you pass the time. Don’t forget that Reading Matters also exists and if you have any contributions to add, just use the Library email above to let staff know.

https://mackillop-vic.libguides.com/boredombusters

COVID-19 Info Available in Other Languages

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We are proud to be a multicultural community. We support multiculturalism, especially in our current situation where the correct communication is so important.

SBS have a language portal, providing access to news in many languages, including Dinka, Italian, Vietnamese and Filipino. We know it will be a useful resource within our community.

If you need news in your language, please try this link: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus

If we can help keep the community informed, please let us know.

 

Kind regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

Support for Notebook Program

Dear Parents

In light of the most recent changes by the Government with COVID-19 and Stage 3 restrictions, the ICCT dept has been forced to amend the procedures surrounding ‘student notebook maintenance’ once again.

Notebooks will now be repaired on Fridays only and will only be accepted on Mondays or Wednesdays.

Notebooks can only be delivered or collected on these two days. This is to ensure that equipment is not worked on for a minimum of 48hrs by a technician and likewise handled by the parent/student, in light of the guidelines provided by health authorities. This is for the safety of all concerned.

Parent/Students requiring assistance with Notebook issues/repairs can make contact with the ICCT Department HERE (located at the bottom of the page) – Please ensure you provide a contact phone number. One of our ICCT support team members will then call back to organise the appropriate arrangements for collection and return of equipment.

All notebook collections/ exchanges will take place in the front Visitors Car Park on Mondays or Wednesdays, as organised through the ICCT Help Desk.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation,

Guy Anderson
(Systems Manager)

New Protocol on Entry to MacKillop College

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Please be aware of some new protocols MacKillop College has put in place, in light of COVID-19, regarding arrival at the College.

To support you, an ‘A frame’ with instructions has been placed outside the Sr Giovanni Farquer Administration building at the entrance. It asks that you ring the College on 8734 5200 on arrival to see if we can assist you prior to entering the College.

When entering the Administration building please follow the advice offered. The Administration staff will talk you through a process of dropping off (e.g. laptops) or collecting necessary materials from the College.

Our intention in developing these protocols is to protect your health, the health of the wider community and the health of our staff.

 

Regards
Rory Kennedy
Principal

COVID-19 – 24 March Update 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We expect that Term 2 will begin on Tuesday 14 April 2020, which is a student-free day, with students scheduled to return on Wednesday 15 April 2020.

Any changes to these dates will be guided by the ongoing advice of the Chief Health Officer, and will be communicated to parents/guardians.

The Department of Health and Human Services has a number of resources on its website, which explain the virus, detail risk-reduction practices and behaviours, and answers frequently asked questions. These are available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

You can also find information about Catholic Education’s response to COVID-19 at www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/Coronavirus-information-for-parents.

In the meantime, we thank you for your ongoing understanding as we seek to keep our community safe.

Further updates will be provided if there are additional changes.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the College directly.

 

Yours sincerely,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

COVID-19 – 23 March Update 2

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As you now know, as of Tuesday 24 March 2020 all students at MacKillop College are officially on school holidays.

At this time, we are hoping that students will be able to return to their classrooms with the commencement of Term 2. However, in preparation for the possible reality of learning being delivered via online platforms in the next term, we have given all students access to video conferencing software and provided them with additional information as to what will be required.

Please continue to read updates, which will be disseminated via CareMonkey, Facebook and the College website, as well as continuing to look at the FAQs, should you have any questions.

As a matter of urgency, we need to make sure we have the best contact email address to continue communications. Please respond to the COVID-19 – 23 March UPDATE 2 CareMonkey form once received.

 

Regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

COVID-19 – 23 March Update 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As of Tuesday 24 March 2020 all students at MacKillop College are officially on school holidays.

Teaching staff will spend the next four days preparing for the potential reality of moving towards delivering an online curriculum next term. As school holidays have been declared, online learning will not commence until next term. Having said that, as is usual practice, VCE students can expect normal ‘holiday homework’ communicated to them in the next few days.

We trust all parents/guardians have had the opportunity to read Update 1 sent out on Friday 20 March. This update offers some helpful advice about what to expect in regards to online learning.

There will be ongoing updates regarding the commencement of Term 2. As soon as information is available this will be communicated to you.

 

Regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

COVID-19 – 22 March Update 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Monday 23 March 2020 will be a normal school day. I will communicate arrangements for the remainder of the week tomorrow (Monday), given the latest announcement by the Premier.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.

 

Kind regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal