Advice to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for your quick response to the lockdown announcements last Friday.

I am pleased to advise that the lockdown finishes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 February.

All children return onsite tomorrow, Thursday 18 February.

From 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February, consistent with advice for the broader community, school staff when not teaching and secondary school students aged 12 or older, must wear a face mask at school, unless an exception applies:

  • in all indoor spaces
  • in all outdoor spaces when 1.5m physical distance cannot be maintained.

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Yours faithfully,

Deb Gibson

February 17th, 2021|Categories: News|0 Comments

Stage 4 lockdown

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you are probably aware the Premier has announced a 5 day – Stage 4 lockdown. This means that Doveton College school students will learn from home on Monday 15, Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 next week.

The Early Learning Centre is open as normal, but if you are able to keep your children at home you should.

Students in Prep to Year 5 will have hard copy work for 3 days. Students in years 6-9 should refer to Compass and Google classroom.

Children who are identified as vulnerable or who have parents/carers who are essential workers can be accommodated on-site if no other options are available. Please call the College as soon as possible if this applies to you as you must register your child in advance.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your co-operation and support as we respond to these announcements.

I will provide more detailed information in the coming days, so please check your emails regularly.

Please stay safe and take care of your families.

Kind regards

Deb Gibson


March 24th, 2020|Comments Off on News

Welcome back to 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to 2021.

It was so good to see everyone again and, as always, amazing to see how much the children had grown over the summer holiday. I hope that you and your families enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing break.

We enjoyed a very settled start to the school year as Years 1 -9 returned last Thursday, followed by Preps on Friday.

Congratulations to all the Prep families, the children were amazing on Friday and adapted to the new routines really well.

Just a few reminders for everyone

  • Gates open at 8:45 for a 9:00 start to the school day. Punctuality is important – children need to be in class at 9:00am for important information and instructions around the day to come
  • School finishes at 3:15pm parents/carers are welcome on site to pick children up from the classroom door
  • Attendance is important – every day counts, so unless you child is ill we expect to see them. If your child is not able to attend, please let us know by calling the attendance line, this number is available 24 hours each day.
  • Please keep your child home if they have COVID symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) and get them tested. They must isolate at home until they receive a negative result. They may return to school once symptoms have cleared and they have a negative result.
  • Please make sure that your contact details are correct. We must have current phone number, address and email address for parents/carers and emergency contacts.
  • Breakfast club is open at 8:45 in the Agora – everyone is welcome to attend.
  • DEEP forms will go home later this week
  • Homework club will begin in week 4 – forms are available at front reception
  • Canteen is operating on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – lunch only
  • Lunch is at 11:00am, recess at 1:45pm please make sure your children have lunch and snack and some brain food for in between

I would like to introduce the student leadership team for 2021. Congratulations to the following young people:

College Captains – Khastan Mulu, Fakhira Aqili
Vice Captains – Fazila Khalili
House Captains – Wyntah Hukui, Anthony Zahreddine, Mohammed Mozafari, Dragana Maksimovic
Community Captain – Sam Kakato

We currently have a casual parent position available on College Council. If you would like to be a part of College decision making, understand more about College operations, meet new people and contribute to our community please let me know.

The success of our College relies on communication and relationships. Please come and talk to us if you have any issues or concerns, or if you would like anything clarified and explained in more detail. The school sector will be conducting meet and greet interviews with families online next week. Please see further information on email and via Compass. Please ensure that you have access to Compass as this is how we communicate important information to families. New families to the College will receive their Compass logins this week and will need to reset the temporary password.

Your child’s teachers are usually available for a quick chat at the end of the day, but if you need to have a longer conversation it is best to book a time where you are not rushed and have the time to discuss things in depth.

In addition to myself, the following members of the leadership team are also available for you to talk with:

Karen Green – ELC Director
Raa Houpapa – Assistant Principal Prep – Year 4
Thadd Rimer – Assistant Principal Years 5-9
Amara Miles – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Sharyn Wilson – Business Manager

Once again, welcome back. We are looking forward to working with you and your children as we help them to grow and develop and be their very best. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates and information, please check your emails and Compass for updates and see the Newsletter published twice each term to keep up to date with what is happening.

Best wishes for a safe and successful 2021.

Kind regards,

Deb Gibson

February 8th, 2021|Categories: News|0 Comments


Dari (دری)


We are very much looking forward to the return of children to face to face learning.  My sincere thanks to families for their support and patience over the remote learning period.

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and as announced by the Victorian Government, Victorian government schools will begin a transition back to on-site schooling for students.

The staged return will be as follows

ELC                       Monday 28 September

Prep                     Monday 12 October

Year 1                  Monday 12 October

Year 2                  Monday 12 October

Year 3                  Wednesday 14 October

Year 4                  Wednesday 14 October

Year 5                  Thursday 15 October

Year 6                  Thursday 15 October

Year 7                  Thursday 15 October

Year 8                   Monday 26 October

Year 9                   Monday 26 October

We have continued to update our processes on site, in line with the advice from Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Education guidelines, to minimise risk to staff, students and community members.  Should this advice change we will review and update our procedures accordingly.

The College has a detailed COVIDsafe plan and the information below outlines the COVID safe procedures at the College.  (full details are available in the policy section on the College website).

It is very important that social distancing of adults is practiced in our community.  We are not able to have parents/carers on site at this time and visitors are restricted to essential workers only.

Masks must be worn by adults and all secondary students.  Please make sure that all secondary students wear their mask to and from the College.  Students who do not wear their masks will not be permitted onsite.

We will continue to utilize the drop off and pick up processes that were in place in Term 2, as outlined below.  Please make sure that you are wearing a mask when you leave home and that you are practicing social distancing by keeping 1.5 m apart and using non-contact greetings with other adults.

I encourage you to take advantage of the new drop off arrangements (kiss and drop) that will reduce the congestion and interaction between adults.

Please discuss these changed arrangements with your children before they return to school.

Visitors on Site

  • parents and carers are not permitted on site
  • only essential health/allied health and maintenance workers will be permitted on site
  • temperature checks required
  • masks must be worn

Drop Off (see diagram below)

  • there will be two ‘Kiss and Drop’ bays. If you use these bays you will pull up in the car and the children will get out and head into school.  Cars are not permitted to park. The drop off bays will be supervised by Doveton College staff.
  • ‘Kiss and Drop’ bays are located at the front of the College on Tristania St just before the school crossing and at the rear of the College in the carpark where you can enter at the northern gate and exit through the southern gate
  • the main carpark is only to be used by Early Learning families
  • the College grounds will be closed with the exception of the following entry/exit points for students only
    • MAIN GATE Gate near the bike shed (primary students only) Tristania St
    • SCIENCE GATE Gate near science room (secondary students only) Tristania St
    • LIBRARY Agora/library entrance Laurel Avenue
    • BACK GATE Gate near oval on Ash Street
    • Gate for before/after care near senior playground
  • we ask that parents please do NOT congregate before and after school and to observe social distancing of 1.5m between adults
  • gates will be opened from 8:45am
  • students are not permitted to enter or exit through the front foyer area unless they arrive after 9:15am or need to leave before 3pm
  • Early Learning Children should be signed into the ELC by one adult. Siblings are not permitted in the ELC at drop off and pick up.
  • Only one adult can enter the Early Learning Centre building
  • ELC entry is via the side gate in the main carpark in Tristania St

Pick up

  • students who do NOT have siblings should be picked up at 3:05 where possible
  • other students will assemble in their family groups and will be dismissed at 3:15
  • ELC children should be picked up before school children as siblings are not permitted in the ELC

School Operations

  • drinking taps will not be in use – students must bring their own named water bottle
  • no camps
  • no excursions
  • no incursions
  • explicit teaching of hygiene, good physical and mental health
  • supervised hand washing
  • hand sanitiser in every learning space
  • physical distancing between adults
  • increased cleaning of high touch surfaces by professional cleaners during the school day
  • cleaning supplies provided in all learning spaces
  • staff have been trained in COVID19 hygiene practices

iPads and Laptops

  • Students in years 7,8, 9 must bring their charged device every day
  • Students who have a loaned device must bring it to school each day until further notice

We have been working with the City of Casey to ensure that the School Crossings Supervisors will be back when children return.  They will be equipped with extra personal protective equipment (PPE), to ensure their own safety, and that of the school children. These will include face masks, hand sanitiser and face shields (where staff have a medical exemption from wearing a face mask).  For school crossings located at pedestrian lights, School Crossings Supervisors will be wearing disposable gloves, and will be given rubbish bags to safely dispose of the gloves at the end of each shift.  Please assist them in their important work by adhering to social distancing measures in and around our school crossings.

Breakfast club will be operating from 8:45am in the Agora each day.   In line with our COVIDsafe plan we will be serving toasted sandwiches, fruit cups and milk.   The canteen will be operating from Monday 19 October and has a COVIDsafe plan in place.

Our highest priority is the mental health, safety and wellbeing of every child and member of staff.  It is essential that staff and children who are unwell do NOT come to school.  If your child/ren display any COVID symptoms – fever, sore throat, cough, loss of sense of smell, loss of sense of taste they must STAY HOME and be tested.  They must isolate at home until they receive a negative test result before returning to the College.  If children present with symptoms we will have to call parents and have them collected immediately.

Some students have been able to more quickly progress in their learning in the remote and flexible learning environment, others have maintained their rate of progress, and some have, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers, fallen behind. Our priority will be to ensure those who have fallen behind can catch up and those who have progressed significantly can continue to be extended and stretched in their learning.

Once again, I thank you for your co-operation in adapting to these changed procedures.  We have adopted a conservative approach, with an abundance of caution so that we can minimise the risk to the community and limit the spread of the virus.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact us at the College (8765 0111).  Karen Green, Early Learning Director; Amara Miles, Wellbeing; Raa Houpapa and Thadd Rimer – Assistant Principals, and I are always happy to talk with parents, carers and families.

Kind Regards,

Debra Gibson

October 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

9th September

9 September, 2020

Dear parents, carers and students,

On Sunday the Victorian government announced the plans for the staged easing of restrictions across Victoria in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

There is a lot of detail to these plans, with significant impact in the community.  Details can be found at

Metropolitan Melbourne is still in Stage 4 lockdown, where there is a curfew in place between 9pm and 5am, you must not travel outside 5km from your home, you may exercise outdoors for 2 hours each day and you must work from home unless you are in a permitted industry.

At Doveton College nothing changes until these important dates:

  • 28 September 2020 ELC re-opens
  • 5 October 2020 Kindergarten programs recommence
  • 12 October 2020 Students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 return to face to face learning
  • 26 October 2020 potential return of students in Years 3-9

The Early Learning Centre will contact families to determine the best ways of supporting children to return to the ELC.

I will write to you again prior to 12 October with full details of the return to school and onsite arrangements.

We have put many practices in place to reduce the risk for all of our community.  Most importantly children and adults must stay at home and get tested if they are display any symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever).  Adults on site must wear masks/face coverings when not directly teaching or interacting with children and social distancing must occur between adults. We are not able to have parents/carers on site.  We will continue with the ‘kiss and drop’ bays and staggered pick up arrangements from last term.   We ask that parents/carers practice social distancing at these times by keeping 1.5 m apart and using non-contact greetings with other adults.

Thank you for the amazing support implementing the remote learning program.  We have loved seeing your children in live lessons, seeing their videos and photos, talking to them on the phone and watching their progress.

These are certainly challenging times and I thank you for your continued support and for working with us as we implement the risk minimisation strategies for our community and engage your children in the remote learning program.  It is very important that we all follow the current restrictions as we protect the health and safety of ourselves, our families and our community. We will need to continue to work closely together as we provide support to ensure the ongoing wellbeing and learning of your children, and in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

I hope that you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy.

Kind regards

Debra Gibson

September 10th, 2020|Categories: News, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Information Sessions

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you would be aware metropolitan Melbourne is under Stage 4 restrictions.  These restrictions place strict limitations on movement in the community.  There is a curfew that prevents you leaving your home between 8pm and 5am, unless you are seeking medical care or you are in permitted work.  You may only go to the shops once a day, and only one person per household may go.  You can exercise for 1 hour each day.  You must shop and exercise within 5km of your home.

Doveton College is committed to supporting the Stage 4 restrictions and all staff are working and delivering the remote learning program from home.  There is a small skeleton staff to provide supervision and support for those onsite.

If you are a parent/carer who is a permitted worker and you require care for your children because there is no-one who can care for them at home, you must provide us with a copy of your Permitted Worker Permit (including Childcare) or Access to Onsite Childcare/Kindergarten Permit before your child can attend on site.  There is a limited capacity for children in exceptional circumstances of vulnerability to attend onsite, these cases must be approved on an individual basis with a member of the principal class.

In the coming week we are running a number of Information Sessions for parents/carers and their children in order to help you better support your children accessing remote learning.  These sessions are online and can be accessed through the links provided.  Your children are able to access these links through their devices.  There are two sessions for each year level, both sessions are the same – you only need to attend one. You will have the opportunity in these sessions to ask teachers questions relating to remote learning.

I encourage you to attend the sessions that relate to your child’s year level.  If you are not able to attend there is a general session that will run on Thursday.  If you have attended a year level session there is no need to attend the general session on Thursday.

Click to view Information Sessions

Please note that FRIDAY 14 AUGUST is a College wide professional development day.  The ELC and school will not be open and school classes will not be running.

Once again, thank you for working together with us during these challenging times.  I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy.

Yours faithfully,

Debra Gibson

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments
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