Lockdown and Victoria’s Roadmap out … No doubt many of you will be saying, “At last, the school holidays are upon us.” Whilst at the moment we will have to wait until this Sunday (19/9) to see what this actually means in terms of schooling and “the roadmap” out of lockdown, it is nevertheless a good opportunity to just stop, breathe, and just be.
The Premier of Victoria has indicated his announcement on Sunday 19 September will include a plan for schools, so we eagerly await news of what Term 4 will look like. Given the school holidays and time potentially needed to digest what Sunday’s announcements contain, parents/carers, students and staff should expect official communication about Term 4 to be sent via Operoo and Schoolbox/email in the second week of the term holidays.
During these next two weeks, I hope that students and families, as well as our staff, can take the time to refocus their energies on more leisure activities to give themselves a break from school altogether. How are you going with the RUOK? Day 25 Wellbeing Activities to Try or the Family Bingo Board? Both are available for students and families from the Schoolbox RUOK Day tile: https://schoolbox.crcnk.vic.edu.au/homepage/3065
Parents/carers and students are asked to take note that our staff will not be available during the holiday period to respond to phone calls or emails. It takes time and effort to adapt the curriculum into engaging online content and I thank staff for their hard work in this regard. It is quite possible we will resume Term 4 with remote learning so staff need to be re-energised and ready to ‘do it all again’ to ensure quality learning continues for our students.
If parents/carers do need to speak to someone at the College for an urgent matter, please telephone on 9361 5900 or email me at email@example.com. And should urgent wellbeing support be required, please visit our Wellbeing Tile to access the Out of School Hours links to external support agencies – school holidays is considered ‘out of school hours’: https://schoolbox.crcnk.vic.edu.au/homepage/4023
I pray for some more good news this Sunday with regard to ways we can navigate our way back to life as we once knew it. Whilst it won’t be “freedom day” as the Premier puts it, at least there has been some relaxing of restrictions as of tomorrow in terms of catching up with others, e.g. picnics and more exercise time. This has provided some much-needed light at the end of the tunnel as we work towards catching up with family and friends, ‘breaking bread’, travelling, and worshipping together. I encourage you all to hang in there, hold on to your faith, and find time to pray and commune with our Lord – whether it be in your own quiet place or during a Mass Service online, either via your local parish or through the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which livestreams Mass on a daily basis: https://melbournecatholic.org/connect/mass-online
May God bless you all with love and peace and hope these holidays. We will be in touch in the second week of the holidays as to what Term 4 will look like. Please note that for students, their first day back will be Tuesday, 5 October.
Tullio Zavattiero, Principal