2021 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: 

The current period of restrictions have been extended further by authorities in light of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Victoria. This means that we will be continuing our remote learning until the end of term. We will share further information related to conditions for term 4 as soon as it is received. 

The success of our trial run of the short day timetable has been reviewed and the College will now implement this timetable for every day of the last two weeks of term. 

VCE students should note that the date of the General Achievement Test (GAT) has been rescheduled again by VCAA for Tuesday 5 October.

To help support the safe conduct of end-of-year exams, the Victorian Government has announced a vaccination blitz for final-year school students, their teachers, and VCE exam supervisors and assessors. The blitz will begin on Tuesday 7 September and continue until Friday 17 September. During the blitz, final-year students, their teachers, and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will have access to priority timeslots to attend their vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre. 


 

3 September 2021

The current period of restrictions have been extended further by authorities in light of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Victoria. This means that we will be continuing our remote learning until the end of term. We will share further information related to conditions for term 4 as soon as it is received. 

The success of our trial run of the short day timetable has been reviewed and the College will now implement this timetable for every day of the last two weeks of term. This means that the school day will end at 2pm to allow for other activities and catch up for students and staff. The short-day timetable will automatically be applied to student timetables in SIMON and PAM and the lesson times can be found at the back of the student planner. This will mean an earlier finish to classes for the next two weeks as we try to maintain a balance between the learning and wellbeing needs of students and staff. Teachers will adjust work requirements to fit the changes to lesson times. Please note that some essential online VCE assessments will be scheduled after 2pm to minimise disruptions to other classes. Student will have separate communications to inform them of any changes. 

Teachers will also be taking rolls for each lesson for the next two weeks to assist us in monitoring student engagement more efficiently. We are aware of the challenges for some students and their families and we want to ensure that we use this information to support engagement and learning. 

VCE students should note that the date of the General Achievement Test (GAT) has been rescheduled again by VCAA for Tuesday 5 October.

This will involve all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject attending onsite for this important external assessment. VCE examinations are scheduled to occur between Monday 4 October and Wednesday 17 November. Further information on the GAT and VCE exams will be provided by VCAA and communicated to students and families. 

As next Thursday, 9 September is our Year 7, 8 and 9 Parent/Student/Teacher conferences there will be no classes scheduled for that day to allow teachers to complete those conversations. Subsequently, there will also be no supervision on site at school for any students on that day. 

Vaccination blitz 

To help support the safe conduct of end-of-year exams, the Victorian Government has announced a vaccination blitz for final-year school students, their teachers, and VCE exam supervisors and assessors. 

The blitz will begin on Tuesday 7 September and continue until Friday 17 September. During the blitz, final-year students, their teachers, and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will have access to priority timeslots to attend their vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre. 

Final-year students, their teachers, and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will also be able to book their first and second doses via a dedicated appointment booking hotline. These additional pathways will help support a faster booking process and minimise absence for students during school hours. The Department of Health has provided details of a free webinar where they will provide more information to final year students and their families at 4pm this afternoon, Friday 3 September. Bookings for vaccinations will open on Monday 6 September. 

If you have any queries or concerns please contact teachers directly or the College on (03) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We will provide further information, updates and communication as information is received. Stay safe and take care. 


23 August 2021

At this stage, we are scheduled to return to on site learning on Friday 3 September but we will await and follow the health advice as it becomes available from authorities in the coming days regarding this timeline.

We are increasingly conscious of the levels of fatigue for students and their families as well as for John Paul College staff as this period of remote learning extends. We are hopeful that the absence of any classes last Friday provided an opportunity for all to get away from screens and focus on their wellbeing. The College continues to seek a balance between the need to continue our teaching and learning programmes and allowing breaks from technology and routines to assist with personal wellbeing which enables us to stay positive and engaged.

In order to provide some further respite from screens, we will run a short day timetable each Wednesday for the next two weeks. This means that the school day will end at 2 pm to allow for other activities and catch up for students and staff. The short-day timetable will automatically be applied to student timetables in SIMON and PAM and the lesson times can be found at the back of the student planner. Similarly, on Tuesday 31 August the scheduled pastoral period in period 4 will be replaced by period 5 lessons allowing both P5 and 6 to commence earlier. This will mean an earlier finish to classes.

The College will continue to review our approach to remote learning as we seek to support learning and wellbeing for all members of our community through this period of restrictions.

Please note that the date of the General Achievement Test (GAT) has been rescheduled by VCAA for Thursday 9 September at 10 am – 1:15 pm. This will involve all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject attending onsite for this important external assessment. Further details will be provided for students involved.

There have been some changes implemented for all schools in relation to the eligibility of students and their families to access on-site learning and there is now a requirement for schools to seek documentation from families. We will continue to provide supervision at school for eligible students and will do our best to minimise the administrative requirements. College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., will follow up with families of students currently registered for this service to provide further details.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact teachers directly or the College on (03) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will provide further information, updates and communication as information is received.

Stay safe and take care.


5th August 2021

Today the Premier of Victoria announced that, as of 8 pm tonight, we will enter a 7-day period of lock down.  As a result of this announcement the College will return to remote learning for all classes from tomorrow, Friday 6 August.

In order to support students to continue their learning during this time, teachers will use Microsoft Teams and SIMON for remote learning. Students must log in to Teams to access classes and check their emails as well as information on SIMON.

The full details of the College’s Remote Learning Framework can be accessed via https://www.jpc.vic.edu.au/home/news-item-mosaic/319-remote-learning.

The College will provide supervision at school starting next Monday for students whose parents are listed by the government as essential workers, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and for students identified as vulnerable.  Students will be supervised to complete their classes online.  If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1pm on Friday 6 August.  Please note that, due to the lateness of the announcement, for tomorrow, Friday 6 August, all students will learn from home as other arrangements cannot be made.

Due to the lateness of the announcement today, students have not been provided time to obtain materials for remote learning. However, we will only allow students to access lockers if that is urgent and essential (eg laptop retrieval) as we must limit access to the College. To discuss this please also contact Mr Judkins to arrange a time to come to the College which will be between 8 and 10 am tomorrow.

Please note that some staff doing Year 10 -12 interviews tonight from onsite will have to leave to return home prior to 8pm and so some interviews will not be able to be held for those teachers. Most teachers are home already and so interviews will continue for most families.

The Year 11 Retreats next week are cancelled and we would expect the VCE GAT to be rescheduled from next Thursday.

You can find information about Catholic education’s response to COVID-19 at www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/Coronavirus-information-for-parents.  If you have any queries or concerns please contact the school directly on (03) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will provide further information, updates and communication as information is received and I remain grateful to all staff, students and parents for your ongoing support.


27 July 2021

Today the Victorian Government has announced that, following a reduction in community transmission of coronavirus in the state, the current lockdown restrictions will be lifted from 11.59 pm tonight.

Schools will reopen for onsite learning tomorrow, with all year levels returning. We are excited to be able to welcome all students and staff back on site after the period of remote learning.

Please note that:

• Masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors in all schools unless an exemption applies.

• Parents and carers are not able to come on site at this stage and we will not hold any assemblies or other large gatherings.

• College buses will be running from tomorrow morning.

• The canteen will be open under covidsafe procedures.

• We will continue to implement our site specific Covidsafe Plan which includes cleaning throughout the day, use of sanitiser and social distancing wherever possible.

• Families are reminded to keep any student home who is presenting with cold or flu like symptoms and to inform the College as soon as possible.

At this point we are awaiting further advice regarding other settings and will communicate any changes as they arise.

In anticipation of a wonderful day together tomorrow and with thanks for your understanding and support,

John Visentin

Principal


21 July 2021

The Premier of Victoria announced an extension of the current restrictions in Victoria.  As a result of this announcement the College will continue Remote Learning for all classes until we can return to school. It is currently expected that classes will now recommence onsite on Wednesday 28 July but we will follow the health advice and any changes will be communicated as soon as they are received.

Teachers will continue to use Microsoft Teams and SIMON for remote learning.  Students must log in to Teams each day to check work and access classes.  Please note carefully the expectations around the use of cameras during TEAMS sessions.  As documented in the JPC Remote Learning Policy, ‘Students must switch on their cameras when asked and have microphones on mute during live lessons.’  

The expectation is that all lessons will commence with ‘cameras on’ so that staff can connect with students, verify attendance in the lesson and to check in on their wellbeing.  Students must ensure that they attend each class, are dressed appropriately and that their behaviour is exemplary at all times.  We are aware of the challenges for some students in terms of their wellbeing and we would ask that parents and carers discuss this with their child’s Pastoral Care Teacher.

The full details of the College’s Remote Learning Framework and expectations can be accessed via https://www.jpc.vic.edu.au/home/news-item-mosaic/319-remote-learning.

The College will continue to provide supervision at school for students whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and for students identified as vulnerable.  Students will be supervised to complete their classes online.  If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As always, our individual and collective perseverance, community support and commitment to the wellbeing and learning of all are the ways for us to manage this challenging situation together.


15 July 2021

Today the Premier of Victoria announced that due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, as of midnight tonight, we will enter a 5-day period of lock down.  

As a result of this announcement the College will have remote learning for all classes from tomorrow, Friday 16 July. It is currently expected that classes will recommence onsite on Wednesday 21 July but we will follow the health advice in this regard. In order to support students to continue their learning during this time, teachers will use Microsoft Teams and SIMON for remote learning.  

Given the lateness of the announcement today it is likely that most classes will have work set for students to complete posted in Teams with online classes occurring on Monday and Tuesday.  Students must log in to Teams each day to check work and access classes.

The full details of the College’s Remote Learning Framework can be accessed via https://www.jpc.vic.edu.au/home/news-item-mosaic/319-remote-learning.

The College will provide supervision at school on Monday to Tuesday for students whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and for students identified as vulnerable. Students will be supervised to complete their classes online.  If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1pm on Friday 16 July.  

For Friday 16 July, all students will learn from home. Students have been provided time today to obtain all necessary materials for remote learning. Any students absent today who need to access lockers should also contact Mr Judkins to organise a time to attend school for that purpose. If you wish to contact the College at any time our Reception will be taking calls during normal school hours. You can find information about Catholic education’s response to COVID-19 at www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/Coronavirus-information-for-parents.

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) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I remain grateful to all staff, students and parents for your ongoing support. 


12 July 2021

The College looks forward to welcoming back students for the start of Term 3 tomorrow, Tuesday 13 July.

As families would be aware, based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, restrictions for all Victorian Catholic schools have been eased further from 11.59pm Thursday 8 July 2021.

The key changes for schools include the following:

  • Students aged 12 years and over must carry a fitted face mask with them at all times. Masks are no longer required to be worn in classes at school.
  • Students and staff returning from orange or red zones must follow the Department of Health advice and, if required to isolate or be tested, inform the College as soon as possible.
  • The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record keeping is now mandatory in all schools to enable the effective contact tracing of any COVID-19 cases. Please note that John Paul College already has a QR code system in place for all visitors and contractors.
  • Students should, where practical, check-in via a QR code service when travelling to and from school on public transport.
  • Events and gatherings involving only staff and students from a single school can proceed without density limits.
  • Density limits apply to all events attended by anyone other than school students or staff and so parents will still not be able to attend any assemblies.

If you have any queries or concerns, or to alert us if a member of your family is required to isolate or be tested, please contact the school directly on (03) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday 10 June 

Yesterday the Acting Premier James Merlino announced that Victoria would end the current lockdown at 11:59 pm on Thursday 10 June 2021 based upon the public health advice. 

All schools will now be able to have onsite learning for all students starting on Friday 11 June. This is wonderful news and we look forward to having students back onsite for classes. 

Some particular details related specifically to John Paul College are as follows: 

  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students will have scheduled classes onsite from Friday 11 June. 
  • Year 12 VCE classes will continue to be face to face onsite on Friday. 
  • Year 10 and 11 classes will resume onsite from Tuesday 15 June. Year 10 and 11 students do not have classes on Friday and do not need to attend school unless they have a scheduled catch up examination (those students will be emailed directly to inform them including the specific exam time and venue). This is a scheduled examination catch-up day. Students do not need to sign in to morning pastoral class. 
  • Year 11 students undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE subject should attend that scheduled class onsite unless transport options are not available. 
  • Students in Years 10 and 11 must sign in to the Resource Centre if they remain onsite at any time apart from their examination or Unit 3/4 class. 

Face Masks

School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask when at school, both indoors and outdoors unless an exception applies. Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school. We ask that all students bring two clean face masks each day in case of loss or damage. 

School Buses

All school buses will be running from Friday this week and the College canteen will be open. 

Uniform Shop

The College uniform shop will also be open this Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. 

Adjustments to our calendar

Please note the following adjustments to our calendar for the final days of the year. These have been included in our online calendar available via SIMON and PAM. 

  • As was communicated earlier via the newsletter, Monday 21 June is a student-free day for staff to complete examination marking and reporting tasks. 
  • The planned Biennial Conference on Friday 25 June has been cancelled. Therefore, Friday 25 June will be a full day of classes for all students from Year 7 to 12 and the term will end at 3pm as usual. 

I am thankful for the efforts of our staff who have managed a combination of onsite and remote learning, including online Year 10 examinations over the past two weeks. Their resilience and persistence, along with that of students and families, speaks to our values and our commitment. 

As students and staff return to onsite learning, we will continue to take every possible precaution to maintain social distancing and maintain high hygiene practices. 

I thank everyone for their efforts and patience over the past two weeks. 

John Visentin 

Principal


Thursday 3 June 

Acting Premier James Merlino announced that Victoria would extend the circuit breaker lockdown until 11:59 pm on Thursday 10 June 2021 based upon the public health advice. 

All schools will continue with remote and flexible learning for that period for all students in Years 7 to 10.   Year 11 and 12 students are allowed to attend school onsite from Friday 4 June. 

Some specific details regarding learning and processes for specific Year levels is as follows: 

•    Year 12 VCE classes will be held onsite starting on Friday 4 June. Senior VCAL classes will resume onsite from Monday 7 June.
•    VCAA has rescheduled the VCE GAT and so will not be held next week.
•    Year 11 VCE classes will be held onsite starting on Friday 4 June. This will be a full day of face to face classes as per student timetables. Unit 1 and 2 VCE examinations will continue next week from Monday to Friday. Students will undertake these examinations in their usual timetabled double lessons. Students will only have to attend school for those classes and can stay at home at other times. Students who cannot leave school in between their examinations due to transport will have supervised study in the resource Centre.
•    Intermediate VCAL classes will resume onsite from Monday 7 June.
•    All students, regardless of year level, will be required to attend morning pastoral lessons remotely or in person as appropriate.
•    Year 10 examinations will continue next week from Monday to Friday with the exception of mathematics. Students will undertake these examinations remotely in their usual timetabled double lessons and mathematics students will have class during their double lesson. Teachers will provide specific instructions for students in their classes.
•    Year 10 students studying a Unit 1 and 2 VCE subject will have their VCE examination rescheduled to Friday 11 June at school. Year 10 students in these subjects are not permitted onsite.
•    The planned Year 9 MUSE program and Year 7 STEAM Week have, unfortunately, had to be cancelled. We will look to reschedule and run some aspects of these learning experiences later in the year.

Surpervision onsite 

The College will continue to provide supervision at school for students whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and for students identified as vulnerable.  

No onsite classes will be run on those days at school for Years 7 to 10 and students will be supervised to complete their classes online.  If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

School Buses, College canteen and Uniform Shop

Please note that all school buses will be running from Friday this week and the College canteen will be open. The uniform shop will remain closed until further notice. 

We continue to follow the current health advice and I remain grateful to all staff, students and parents for your ongoing support. 


Thursday 27 May

Earlier today, Acting Premier James Merlino announced that Victoria would enter a circuit breaker lockdown from 11.59 pm tonight, Thursday 27 May, to 11. 59 pm on Thursday 3 June 2021. 

All Catholic schools will transition to remote and flexible learning from Monday 31 May. To assist with preparing for this, Friday 28 May will be a student-free day for all Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) schools, including John Paul College. 

It is currently expected that classes will recommence onsite on Friday 4 June. We are currently assessing a number of activities and incursions and further information will be communicated as decisions are made as to whether these will be modified, cancelled or postponed. 

In order to support students to continue their learning during this time, teachers will use Microsoft Teams and SIMON for remote learning. All students must attend all classes and check in during pastoral period each day. It is expected that most assessments and learning plans will continue during this time although there may need to me some modifications. 

The full details of the College’s Remote Learning Framework can be accessed via https://www.jpc.vic.edu.au/home/news-item-mosaic/319-remote-learning.

The College will provide supervision at school from Monday to Thursday for students whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and for students identified as vulnerable. No onsite classes will be run on those days at school and students will be supervised to complete their classes online. If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Students have been provided time today to obtain all necessary materials for remote learning. Any students absent today who need to access lockers should also contact Mr Judkins to organise a time to attend school for that purpose. 

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) 9784 0200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Tuesday 25 May

All students and staff at John Paul College must wear a mask when indoors. Students should ensure that they bring at least two masks from home each day until further notice to be prepared for all eventualities. The College does not have sufficient supplies to provide masks for staff or students.

We await advice regarding activities, excursions, sport and events but, given the restrictions on limited numbers for public gatherings, it is likely that we will have to postpone or cancel some planned activities.


Wednesday 17 February 

As allowed under the revised restrictions, the College will be open from Thursday, 18 February 2021. 

All classes will recommence on site from Thursday, 18 February and the College will support students to continue their learning.  

Masks are required to be worn indoors at school and it is the responsibility of students and their families to provide a suitable face mask each day.  Where students are using disposable face masks it is important to have a spare in case of loss or damage. 

The College will also be seeking advice regarding all planned and calendared excursions and activities from the Department of Health and Human Services and Catholic Education Melbourne and will provide advice as soon as possible to students and families via updates on SIMON and PAM. 

School buses will be running from Thursday morning and the canteen will be open for student use.  Masks are to be worn at all times on any bus service, both public and chartered. 

It is important that students who are unwell do not attend school and seek immediate medical advice.  Any student presenting at school with COVID–19 symptoms will be isolated and sent home. 

If you have any queries or concerns, or to alert us if a member of your family has COVID symptoms, please contact the school directly on (03) 9784 0200. 



As required under the restrictions, the College is closed from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 February 2021.

In order to support students to continue their learning during this time, teachers will provide work and information regarding independent learning tasks for students to complete on the Class Notices pages on SIMON, commencing Tuesday 16th February and continuing on Wednesday 17th of February. 

We remain hopeful that classes will recommence on site on Thursday 18 February.  However, in the event that the school closure continues beyond that point then we will be providing continuation of learning using Microsoft Teams and SIMON.  Students will be expected to follow the normal school timetable online.  Teachers will be present on Teams at the start of all lessons from Thursday to assist students and provide direction, if remote learning is required. 

The College will provide supervision at school for students whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made and students identified as vulnerable.  No onsite classes will be run on those days at school and students will be supervised to complete their classes online. If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins 
 

Friday 12th February 

The College will follow the direction from the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer that a five day lockdown will commence from Friday 12 February.

As a result, the College will be closed and no face-to-face or online classes will be held from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 February 2021.

Where there is no alternative, the College will provide supervision at school for identified vulnerable students and those children of essential workers. No classes will be run on those days at school. If your child is in this situation, please contact the College Deputy Principal, Craig Judkins to discuss this matter.

College buses will not run and canteen will not be available from Monday to Wednesday.

This means that, unfortunately, the Year 12 Retreats and Year 7 Activities have had to be cancelled. The Year 10 Activities will also be cancelled. Other activities in coming weeks will be reassessed for safety in line with government, Catholic Education Melbourne and DHHS advice.

We remain hopeful that classes will recommence on site on Thursday 18 February.  If the lockdown continues beyond that point then 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.

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..

John Visentin

Principal


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