Principal’s Address—Returning to School

Summary of the Principal’s address to the community:

  • On Monday, May 25, all staff will return to work at the College. This is a pupil free day. There will be NO SUPERVISION provided on this day.
  • On Tuesday, May 26, all students in Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, and Years 11&12 VCE and VCAL will return to face to face teaching at the College. Students in Year 10 completing a VCE subject or VET course will also be required to attend classes where possible.
  • Students in Year 3 to Year 10 will continue with remote and flexible learning from home until June 9.
  • Onsite supervision for those students who cannot be supervised or who are vulnerable at home will continue to be provided for registered students from May 26 until Monday, June 8. 
  • Students in Years 3 to 10 will return to school on Tuesday, June 9.
  • All students are expected to attend school as normal from June 9. If you choose to keep your child home after their year level has returned, we can no longer support their learning from home. This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons.
  • According to the Chief Health Officer, students do not need to maintain social distancing at school.
  • Department guidelines state that parents must not enter the College grounds except for essential purposes.
  • Parents must practise social distancing and not congregate on school grounds.
  • Please communicate all parent questions or concerns through email or phone.
  • Teachers will conduct all parent correspondence with you via phone calls or emails to limit any chance of community transmission between adults.
  • If your child is unwell in any way or has cold-like symptoms, keep them at home. Please seek medical guidance prior to returning to school.

Student Drop Off Guidelines

  • Junior School: 8.45 am.
  • Middle and Senior School: 8.30 am.
  • Please use the Kiss and Drop zones where possible.
  • DO NOT park and leave your car in the Kiss and Drop Zone.
  • If you need to walk your child to their classroom, be direct, adhere to social distancing and leave ASAP.
  • Parents are not to enter classrooms.
  • College playgrounds are to be used by HGC students only (no younger siblings please).

 Student Pick Up Time Guidelines

  • Parents to remain outside the school grounds
  • If you need to pick up from a classroom, please be direct and exit school grounds ASAP.
  • Parents are not to enter classrooms.
  • Where possible, organise an agreed meeting point away from the school grounds.
  • Where possible, have older siblings pick up and take to the agreed meeting point.
  • College playgrounds are to be used by HGC students only (no younger siblings please).
  • Playgrounds are not to be used by students after school.
  • Teachers are unavailable for face to face conversations.

Additional Support

  • Leadership and wellbeing staff are available to support students and parents transitioning back into school life.
  • If you have concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or wellbeing staff to discuss support strategies prior to your child’s return.

 

School Reports

  • DET have directed schools to have written reports by the end of the term.
  • Opportunity for Parent-teacher interviews must be provided. This will be on Thursday June 25. This will be a pupil free day.
  • Interviews will be conducted via WebEx (more information to follow).

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the incredible job that all staff at the College have done during the remote and flexible learning time. Our teacher’s commitment to providing a curriculum, support and genuine care for their students and each other has been amazing.

To all the parents, families and students who have taken the time to write letters of appreciation to teachers, support staff and myself, thank you, they have meant a lot.

I will continue to keep you all informed with new information as it is provided to me.

I want to reinforce my earlier statement about my commitment to the safety of all staff and students. If my expectations are not met around parents only being on the school grounds when essential, and for as little time as possible, then I will have to reassess my directive to parents.

Thank you

Anthony Stockwell