Principal's Blog - 15 May 2020

14 May 2020

Dear Members of the Marcellin College Family,

We welcome the decision by the Victorian Government, acting upon the advice of the Chief Health Officer to allow a gradual return of students to school. The Home Learning Programme offered by the College has been a great success, but it cannot fully replace the school experience. Students working collaboratively with their friends and peers and interacting with their teachers face-to-face remains our preferred model of teaching and learning.

Return to School Measures
A return to school does not yet mean a return to normalcy. We as a school community need to have in place a number of protective measures designed to minimise the risk of illness. These will include:

  • Restricting access to the College to only students and staff. Please note: Parents are asked during drop offs and pickups to only use the bus circle or Sandra Street, thereby limiting onsite access.  
  • The school-chartered buses that come onsite to Marcellin will remain available. We are currently seeking clarification from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) around health and safety measures that will be taken on the buses. This will be clarified for you next week.
  • Extra cleaning of the school during the day and on a nightly basis.
  • Regular use of hand sanitizer by students and staff during the course of the day. Students are welcome to bring their own personal sanitizer.
  • Social distancing where it is possible.
  • Restricting those with flu-like symptoms from attending the College. Please note: If your son is exhibiting any of these symptoms he is to remain at home. If he does attend, you will be contacted and asked to collect him. Any student who has been ill and not attending school, will be required to meet with the College Nurse upon his return for a health assessment.
  • Temperature testing of students and staff if required.
  • A restriction on large gatherings at school until further notice.

Timeline
Consistent with government guidelines the return to school process will be as follows:

Up until Friday 22 May - Continuation of Cycle 3 of the Home Learning Program for ALL students.
Monday 25 May - Pupil free day. All staff will be on campus preparing for the students return.
Tuesday 26 May – Friday 5 June - Students in Years 11 & 12 return to the campus and all other year levels continue with the Home Learning Program offsite.
Monday 8 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 9 June - Years 7 - 10 return to learning on campus and the Home Learning Program concludes.

Years 7 – 10 Onsite Supervision (Tuesday 26 May – Friday 5 June)
There may be a requirement to change the arrangements to your sons’ learning during the period of Tuesday 26 May – Friday 5 June. Whilst Year 11 & 12s will return onsite, I would ask that any students in other year levels who need to access onsite supervision must register their intention on this form by 4pm on Wednesday 20 May to allow for planning and supervision requirements. Students already accessing onsite supervision do not need to complete the form again.

More details will be provided as we near the recommencement dates. I once again congratulate our school community for making our Home Learning Program such a great success. Our teachers and those who support them have been very dedicated and creative, the students have embraced the model with enthusiasm and our school families have been a great support along the way. We all certainly miss our young men and look forward to seeing them back with us.

John Hickey
Principal