COVID-19 UPDATES

John Paul College wishes to provide the College Community with the latest updates in relation to the College's response and management to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

Current Situation: 

John Paul College is following advice from the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer and has begun a phased return to onsite schooling. 

Students in Years 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE have returend to school on Tuesday 26 May. 

All Year 7 to 10 students will return to school on Tuesday 9 June. 


Recent Updates:

Friday 5 June, 2020
Update to Year 7 to 10 families regarding the next phase of the return to onsite schooling at John Paul College. 

The College has been extremely happy with the first stage of the process where VCE and some Year 10 students have returned to classes. It has been wonderful to have students in class again and they have settled back into routines with a positive approach. During the last two weeks, we have been able to modify and trial a number of processes designed to minimise any risk associated with the Covid-19 virus which will be continued and expanded as all students return. 

Stage 2:  Commencing Tuesday 9 June 
All Year 7 to 10 students will return to school from Tuesday 9 June. 

All students will then be expected to attend school as normal.  This expectation is consistent across all government and Catholic schools in Victoria. Therefore, if you choose to keep your child/children home after this date, we can no longer provide the same level of remote learning assistance.  Some students may need to be absent for health or medical reasons.  In those instances, please contact us so we can work with you to develop appropriate support plans. 

To support the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent handwashing. We will also be implementing physical distancing measures wherever possible. 

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school.  They must remain home and seek medical advice. 

The College will implement further important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. Some of these are listed in the 'Return to School Guide' for Students, which has been sent to families.  

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CECV website, which will continue to be updated: www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/Coronavirus-information-for-parents. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Thanks in particular to our Year 7 to 10 students for maintaining their focus over the past two weeks. We are excited to have the College returning to onsite classes from 7 -12 from next week. 


Wednesday 13 May, 2020 

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) have advised that schools can begin a phased return to onsite schooling. 
To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a student-free day with no scheduled classes for all year levels. 

Stage 1:  Tuesday 25 May to 5 June 

Students in Years 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE will return to school from Tuesday 26 May. 

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable.  If this is not possible for your child, teachers will provide work to be completed at home.  Year 10 students unable to travel home at the end of their scheduled VCE classes may be supervised at school for the remainder of the day. 

During Stage 1, the existing model of on-site schooling for students whose parents are essential workers and cannot supervise their sons or daughters and vulnerable students will remain in place. 

All other students in Year 7 to 10 will continue learning from home during Stage 1. 

College charter buses will resume from Tuesday 26 May.

Stage 2:  Commencing Tuesday 9 June 

All Year 7 to 10 students will also return to school from Tuesday 9 June. 

Once a year level is scheduled to return, all students will be expected to attend school as normal.  This expectation is consistent across all government and Catholic schools in Victoria. Therefore, if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to onsite schooling, we can no longer provide the same level of remote learning.  Some students may need to be absent for health or medical reasons.  In those instances, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan. 

To support the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent handwashing. 

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school.  They must remain home and seek medical advice. 

The Uniform shop will reopen from Thursday 21 May 12.30pm - 4.00pm and Saturday mornings 9.00am - 12.00 noon. 

The College will implement further important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools that will be communicated to families in the coming days. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming students back to the classroom. 

Regards 
John Visentin 
Principal 


Wednesday 6 May, 2020 

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) have provided recent advice in relation to dates, learning and assessments in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). VCAA have also updated their COVID-19 Advice page and published Adjusted Study Designs for use in 2020 only.

VCAA COVID-19 Advice page

VCE Study Designs 

A letter was emailed to students in Years 10 to 12 and their Parents/Carers on May 6th detailing these changes and updates. 


Tuesday 14 April, 2020 

Flexible Learning Framework, Guidelines for Students and Learning Schedule. 

Wednesday 8 April, 2020 
UPDATE: Term 2 Arrangements

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Term 2 arrangements 
As you may be aware from recent media reports, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the CECV has advised that all Victorian Catholic schools are required to transition to remote and flexible learning arrangements for Term 2.  The expectation is that all children who can learn at home must learn from home. Teachers will be providing remote learning for all students from Years 7 to 12 via SIMON, email and Microsoft Teams. 

John Paul College is able to make an exceptions for children who are not able to work from home for specific reasons.  This will be under exceptional circumstances only and students will be supervised and compete the same online learning as other students.  More information on this will be sent to parents via SIMON/PAM.

The learning program delivered onsite at John Paul College will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning.  Students learning onsite will be supervised by an adult member of staff, but follow the remote teaching and learning program provided by their classroom teacher. 

VCE and VCAL  

The Victorian Premier and Minister for Education have also announced the following changes to VCE studies:  
VCE students will still receive an ATAR, but there will be a number of adjustments to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:  

  • the GAT will move from June to October or November
  • end-of-year exams will be postponed until at least December                                                                                                                
  • school-based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students as they move to remote and flexible learning arrangements
  • universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for the impact of coronavirus on senior secondary students.

VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams.  
VCAL students will have more time to complete their courses and this will be consistent with the revised dates for the VCE.  
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is also examining a compressed end-of-year exam schedule – including slightly shortening each exam – in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.  
A small number of students undertaking VET may have the award of their VCE or VCAL delayed until the beginning of 2021, so that they can complete mandatory practical or workplace learning requirements – ensuring they are not disadvantaged by the lack of hands-on practice.  
We will provide further advice once it is received for VCE and VCAL students. 

There is much more to be worked out and learned as we undertake this journey but the important thing is that we all stay safe and keep others safe by staying in our homes as much as possible.  Together we can support our community. 


Monday 23 March, 2020 
UPDATE: College Closure 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Our school will follow the recommendation from the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer that school holidays commence from Tuesday 24 March. 
As a result, Monday 23 March will be the final day of classes for Term 1, 2020. 
Students have been asked to ensure they take all of their learning devices, schoolbooks and stationery home at the conclusion of classes today in the event of online learning being required in the weeks ahead. 

We hope that Term 2 will begin on Tuesday 14 April, which will now revert to the previously scheduled student-free day, with students scheduled to return on Wednesday 15 April. If we do need to extend the school closure beyond Wednesday 15 April, we will be providing continuation of learning via SIMON and using Microsoft Teams. Any changes to these dates will be guided by the ongoing advice of the Chief Health Officer, and will be communicated to parents via email, SIMON and PAM. 

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 answer 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. Until further notice, the College Uniform shop will be closed. 

Please note that the College counselling team will continue their service to students they are currently seeing, or have seen in the past, by providing email-based counselling service. Those students and/or their parents and carers can initiate contact by sending an email.  Any students who are seeking support are also encouraged to access Kids Helpline, eHeadspace or a community-based psychologist.  For a selection of online resources (positive coping strategies), see the inside cover of the student planner or the Wellbeing folder in PAM/SIMON. Parents and carers of students who have not previously engaged with a College counsellor can email Jacqui Duffee, Student Wellbeing Coordinator, if they have specific concerns about their child. 

Parents and carers of students who have not previously engaged with a College counsellor can email Jacqui Duffee, Student Wellbeing Coordinator, if they have specific concerns about their child. Please refer to the email sent on Monday 23rd March for counsellors contact details. 

If you have any queries or concerns, or to alert us if a member of your family contracts the virus, please contact the school directly on (03) 97840200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At this time, I thank all staff, students and parents for your ongoing understanding as we seek to keep our school communities and the wider population safe. 

John Visentin 
Principal 


Monday 16 March, 2020 
UPDATE: Open Day and Principal's Tour

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please see advice regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus situation as it impacts upon us at John Paul College.  It is important for you to be informed about the steps the College is taking and for us to work together to ensure our community is safe and learning continuity is maintained during this time. 

Our commitment is always to the health and safety of all members of our community. We will follow all advice from authorities in this matter and continue to work hard to plan for all situations that may arise. 

The current situation is that schools remain open, which is in line with the advice from Dr Brett Sutton, Victorian Chief Health Officer, that ‘pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time’. We are also aware that the situation may change quickly and so the College is preparing our systems and processes for any possible school closure that may occur. 

During this period of time, we ask all students to prepare for any possible school closure. Each student must ensure they empty their lockers and have their device, all books and resources at home each afternoon. Students will need to bring their device and required resources to school for timetabled classes each day whilst the school remains open. This approach, whilst cumbersome, will allow us to implement remote learning as efficiently as possible, should it be required. Access to remote learning will be via SIMON. 

These and other measures are designed to maximise student opportunities to be in class with their teachers at this time as well as assisting to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Further measures may need to be taken in the coming days. 

At this stage, in line with current advice, we will continue our classes with an increased focus on good health practices and will monitor the unfolding situation as it applies to our College. I thank all staff, students and parents for their assistance and support during this time and commit to providing further information as it becomes available. 

Regards 
John Visentin 
Principal 

 

FAQs

  • What should I do if my student becomes sick ?

    If your student develops symptoms that are in line with COVID-19 or they have been in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the College immediately on 03 9784 0200 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The College asks families to test all students that could potentially have COVID-19 and keep the College updated at all times.  All cases that are reported to the College will be treated sensitively. The College is required to call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline to report any such cases. Ensuring that cases are communicated and tracked is an important part of the containment process.

  • Is the Uniform Shop open to purchase items?

    The Uniform shop is open on Thursdays 12.30pm - 4.00pm and Saturday mornings 9.00am - 12.00 noon. 

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