Changed processes for return to Doveton College


As we begin to look forward to seeing all children returning to the College over the next few weeks I would like to thank you for your ongoing support during the period of remote and flexible learning.  It is fantastic to belong to a community that works so well together, ensuring that we are all safe and healthy and that our children are able to continue with their learning during this very challenging time.

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

  • Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students on-site from Tuesday 26 May 2020
  • Students in Year 3 to Year 9 continue remote and flexible learning program until 5 June 2020
  • Year 3 to Year 9 students on-site from Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • students in Year 3 to Year 9 being supervised on-site will continue remote and flexible learning program (students not able to be supervised at home and for whom no other arrangements can be made; and vulnerable students) until June 5 2020.
  • Please note MONDAY 25 May is a pupil free day

Doveton College are implementing a number of operational changes, in accordance with Department of Education guidelines, to minimise risk to staff, students and community members.  Should the advice of the Chief Health Officer or the Department of Education change we will review and update our procedures accordingly.

The information below lists the changes in school processes.  It is very important that social distancing of adults is practiced in our community, which means that we are not able to have parents/carers on site at this time.  We have made changes to streamline drop off and pick up and would ask you to make sure that you are practicing social distancing at these times 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 will not be permitted on site
  • only essential health/allied health and maintenance workers will be permitted on site

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
    • Gate near the bike shed (primary students only) Tristania St
    • Gate near science room (secondary students only) Tristania St
    • Agora/library entrance Laurel Avenue
    • Gate near oval on Ash Street
    • Gate for before/after care near senior playground


  • we ask 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


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 who have a loaned device need to bring it to school every day.
  • We will provide further advice of dates for returning loaned devices.


Please ensure that your children bring all of the work that they completed at home with them when they return to school.

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; Assistant Principals Raa Houpapa and Thadd Rimer, and I are always happy to talk with parents, carers and families.

Kind Regards,

Debra Gibson

May 21st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Return to face to face teaching and learning

                                                                                                                                                      12 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.  Your response to the challenging situation has been amazing and has ensured that our community has stayed safe and that the whole state has managed to flatten the curve.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day for the school sector.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, Years 3-10 will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

All other students in these grades and year levels will continue remote learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend College as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, 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. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

The Early Learning Centre is open and has begun planning for supported return for children to their previous routine.  The staff in the ELC will be contacting families to discuss the best way to support your child’s return.

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

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our College operations and expected behaviours, consistent with health advice. I will provide details of these arrangements for Doveton College as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes may include:

  • adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times
  • restrictions on access to the site for anyone other than immediate College staff and students
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

As we begin to relax restrictions and children return to the College, it is important to continue to follow the advice provided from the Victorian Government.  There are now five reasons to leave home:

  • shopping for food and supplies that you need
  • care and caregiving
  • exercise and outdoor recreation
  • work and education – if you can’t do it from home
  • visiting friends and family – if you really need to

As we return to face to face learning I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.   We are implementing additional cleaning on site during the day and will ensure that hand sanitiser and handwashing is frequent.  Staff have undertaken additional Occupational Health and Safety training with respect to COVID19 and we have implemented a range of appropriate social distancing practices.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time.  I am looking forward to welcoming children back to face to face learning.  Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families.

Yours faithfully,


Debra Gibson

May 12th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Remote and Flexible learning update 27 April

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for the way in which you and your families have so quickly adapted to remote and flexible learning.  We have endeavoured to contact all families and ascertain your needs so that we can support you in the best way possible.

We have distributed laptops and iPads to provide access for all families.  We understand that some family members are needing to share a device at the moment.  We are waiting upon delivery of more devices to address this.  However, remember that many learning activities do not require children to be in front of the screen for the whole task.  We have tried to provide a balance of activities so that time looking at the screen is balanced with other tasks.

We also understand that some families are waiting for access to the internet and this is the case for many families across the state.  Consequently devices for this are hard to find.  We have been working to source these since late March and believe that we have finally been successful and some are due to arrive later this week.

Please access the REMOTE LEARNING tab on the website which has been updated to provide you with information about how your children will access their learning now.  Instructional videos have also been provided on the website to help you use Compass to email teachers and view lesson plans (COMPASS TRAINING tab).  All learning platforms can be accessed from

The REMOTE LEARNING information provides you with contact emails for the relevant classroom teachers and a mobile phone number for the year level leaders.  Most of our teachers and educators are working from home, so the best way to contact them is via email and they can call or email you back.

Thank you for working with us during this challenging time.  We continue to operate in accordance with the advice from the Premier, the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Education and Training.  If this advice changes we will continue to communicate as quickly as possible to keep you informed.

Please take care of yourselves and your families.


Yours faithfully

Debra Gibson

April 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Update 20 April

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for assisting with the smooth transition to remote and flexible learning.  We understand that there may be questions as you support your children to engage with their learning.

As advised last week staff will be in regular contact with your children.  You can email your children’s teachers through Compass.

The year level leaders will be available on Monday to Friday between 9am and 3:15pm to talk to you if you need.

PREP Ms Carol Fleer 0436 404 192
YEAR 1 Ms Alex Panoutsos 0437 855 283
YEAR 2 Ms Cassie Williams 0437 837 325
YEAR 3 Ms Rebecca Campbell 0437 914 403
YEAR 4 Ms Amanda Hooper – Duffy 0437 915 395
YEAR 5 Ms Mandeep Dominguez 0437 911 830
YEAR 6 Ms Libbee King 0437 838 901
YEAR 7 Mr Milos Lujic 0437 874 210
YEAR 8/9 Ms Devinna Duffy 0437 868 063
YEAR 8/9 Ms Bek Gathercole 0437 824 020
Wellbeing Ms Amara Miles 0418 217 223
Wellbeing Ms Kirstie O’Donnell 0477 740 412
ELC All staff 8765 0111



Thank you for heeding the message from the Premier and Chief Health Officer – if you can be at home you must be at home.  We are following the directions of the Premier, the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Education and Training as we implement remote and flexible learning for the Doveton College community.

We will continue to adapt our educational programs for these circumstances and maintain our strong positive connections with the children.  Thank you for your support in this challenging environment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need. I hope that you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy.

Yours faithfully,

Debra Gibson

April 20th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Update 13 April

Dear Parents and Carers,

There have been a number of important announcements concerning the operation of Early Learning Centres and Schools in Victoria.

The Victorian Government has now advised that all schools will move to remote and flexible learning at the start of Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April.

This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive by the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

This is to reduce movement within the community and minimise contact between individuals as a means of reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you can stay home you must stay home.

There are only four reasons to leave your home.  These are:

  • To shop for food and other necessary goods and services
  • To access medical services or provide caregiving – for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative
  • To attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
  • To exercise

You may also leave your home in an emergency or if required by law.

For Doveton College this means

  • The Early Learning Centre remains open to care for children of essential workers, with exceptions in extremely limited circumstances for vulnerable or disadvantaged children.
  • The school will move to remote and flexible learning where children learn at home unless their parents are essential services workers and there is no-one at home to care for them, or those in extremely limited circumstances of vulnerability or disadvantage.

On Tuesday 14 April we will be calling all families to discuss the remote and flexible learning arrangements and what this means for your children.  We will help you to understand how your children can access their learning materials.  Information will be available for parents and carers on the Doveton College website to support learning and to help you access support for your family if required. We will try to identify students who do not have access to digital technologies at home and where possible will loan devices such as laptops and tablets to ensure no student misses out.

All parents and carers will receive a letter to follow up the phone call which details how you can communicate with teachers and contact the College, and the ways in which we will continue to maintain contact with you and your children.

We have already distributed packages to all school children with enough work for the next two weeks.  Packages will be distributed to children in the ELC Red and Green rooms over the next two weeks.

Most of our teachers and educators will also be working from home. They have been working hard to put curriculum plans in place to ensure continuity of learning and to support the wellbeing of all our children.

Please make sure that your contact information is correct, it is essential that we have your current phone number, current email address and correct residential address.

Thank you for working with us during this challenging time.  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.

Please take care of yourselves and your families.


Yours faithfully

Debra Gibson

April 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

28th March News

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today we delivered remote learning materials to all College families in case there is an extended school closure.

This work should begin on Wednesday 15 April if school does not resume as planned.  If we do resume school please make sure that your child/children bring the work to school because they will be working from it in class.

Students are currently on holidays and are not expected to begin this work until 15 April if advised to do so. 

School is scheduled to resume on Wednesday 15 April.  We will contact you on Tuesday 14 April to inform you of what is happening.

The Doveton College website contains some information that might help you with some activities for your children over the holiday break.  Please go to the Remote Learning button to access this. (Remote Learning information will be uploaded soon)

The following websites provide current information and advice:

Department of Education and Training

Department of Health and Human Services

The Early Learning Centre remains open at this stage.

I will continue to update the College community through this page and through Compass posts and emails. To minimize the spread of the virus it is important that you continue to follow the official advice regarding social distancing, isolating at home and ensuring that your children are not socializing with others. Please take care of yourself and your family during this challenging time.


Kind Regards

Deb Gibson

March 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments