News2020-03-26T13:48:55+10:00

TERM 4 – RETURN TO FACE TO FACE TEACHING and LEARNING

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 https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps

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

3 August 2020

Dear parents, carers and students,

 

Yesterday the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This means that you must stay at home and there are only very limited reasons to go out.

A curfew is in place preventing people from being outside their homes between the hours of 8pm and 5am.

You must stay within a 5km radius of your home to exercise and to shop.  Only one person per household can do the shopping and you can only shop once per day.

Exercise is limited to once per day for one hour.

All the details of STAGE 4 restrictions can be found at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

It is very important that we all follow these new restrictions as we protect the health and safety of ourselves, our families and our community.  We will continue to support your children as they engage in their learning remotely and we will continue to connect with families to support you in any way we can during these challenging and difficult times.

For Doveton College this means

  • The Early Learning Centre is only open to provide care for children of permitted workers and there is no-one at home to care for them or those in extremely limited circumstances of vulnerability.
  • The school has moved to remote and flexible learning where children must learn at home unless their parents are permitted workers, or those in extremely limited circumstances of vulnerability.

Please note that Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria.  Students are not required to participate in live lessons or classes on this day.

Learning from home

Learning packs have been provided for all children in the College.  If additional hard copy materials are necessary for your child’s learning for this extended period they will be mailed to your home address.  In some cases, your children may need to mail work back to their teacher and a stamped addressed envelope will be provided for this.

College staff will be mostly working from home.  You are able to contact them via email.  Wellbeing and year level/room leaders can be contacted via the numbers below during business hours.  College staff will be making regular calls to check in with you, and in the school sector to support students in their learning.  These calls will show NO CALLER ID – please accept these calls.

PREP Ms Renae Walker 0436404192
YEAR 1 Ms Alex Panoutsos 0437855283
YEAR 2 Ms Cassie Williams 0437837325
YEAR 3 Ms Rebecca Campbell 0437914403
YEAR 4 Ms Amanda Hooper – Duffy 0437915395
YEAR 5 Ms Mandeep Dominguez 0437911830
YEAR 6 Ms Libbee King 0437838901
YEAR 7 Mr Milos Lujic 0437874210
YEAR 8 Ms Devinna Duffy 0437868063
YEAR 9 Ms Bek Gathercole 0437824020
YELLOW ROOM Ms Kristy Lasek 0437867948
RED ROOM Ms Paramjeet Kaur 0436437263
GREEN ROOM Ms Bridget Bennett 0437829029
WELLBEING Ms Amara Miles 0418217223
WELLBEING Ms Kirstie O’Donnell 0477740412
WELLBEING Ms Laura Serong 0447865550
WELLBEING Ms Marg Thompson 0447493102
WELLBEING Ms Fiona Newstead 0401337131

The Doveton College website has more detailed information about remote learning and supports available for families and community.  Daily learning programs for school children is accessed via their schedule on Compass.

Thank you for the amazing support you have given in implementing the remote learning program.  It has been great to see so many children engaged in their live lessons and participating in the remote program.  Please remember that we must have current and up to date information so that we can support you.  We need to have your current mobile, home address and email address.

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.   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

August 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

17 July – Remote Learning beginning Monday 20 July

Dear Parents/Carers,

Remote learning begins for all Doveton College school students on Monday 20 July.

We have updated our programs based upon feedback from the remote learning in Term 2.  Students will have two live literacy and two live numeracy lessons each week, which will enable them to keep contact with not just their teachers but their classmates as well.

Learning packs have been distributed to families.  Please make sure that your children are completing the tasks in the packs as well as those on line.

The Remote learning tab on the website provides you with information about the learning programs in each year level. Useful resources can be found under the Family and Community section.

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
Wellbeing Mrs Fiona Newstead 0401 337 131
   

 

Thank you for following the restrictions in place, for further details on the restrictions and testing sites please visit  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

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

July 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Update July 14

14 July 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As you would be aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria for Term 2.  If you live in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire you need to Stay at Home.

There are four reasons that you can leave home:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Otherwise, you must stay home.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have extended school holidays for week 1 of Term 3.  Schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.

The purpose of these arrangements is to reduce the number of students, parents and carers moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To provide further assurance, our College, along with all other government schools and Early Learning Centres in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of students who attend on site at the start of the day. If your child does have a temperature, you will be asked to take them home.

The Early Learning Centre remains open for those children who cannot be supervised at home.

The arrangements for Doveton College are:

Monday 13 – Friday 17 July are pupil free days for students Prep to Year 9. These pupil-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote and flexible learning which begins Monday 20 July.

We will provide an on-site supervision program for school students who need it during this week. This program is available for students where parents/carers cannot work from home and no other arrangements can be made, and for vulnerable students.

From Monday 20 July, Doveton College will be moving to remote and flexible learning.

The following students are eligible to attend school for on-site supervision.  They will be undertaking the remote learning program under the supervision of teaching and support staff.

  • Children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
  • Vulnerable children
  • Children with disabilities

If you wish to access the on-site supervision program please contact the office who will organise for someone to call and discuss your eligibility and registration requirements.

REMOTE LEARNING EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

Over the holiday period we have serviced computers and reallocated to all students in the secondary sector and to those primary students who had one last time.

In addition to the laptops there are a range of different materials/equipment (including pens, pencils, art supplies) that all children will require during remote learning.

Packages for every child will be ready for pick up on the days and times below.  Please go to the Agora, (via Laurel St Library entrance), sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing to collect your child’s package.

Years 7, 8, 9    Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 July 10:00am -2:30pm

Years 4,5,6      Wednesday 15 July 10:00am – 2:30pm

Years P,1,2,3   Thursday 16 July 10:00am – 2:30pm

Please make sure that you pick up these important materials and equipment to support your child’s learning during the remote learning period.

The Wellbeing team will be checking in with families on the phone this week.  Next week teaching and support staff will begin regular phone calls to support your child’s learning.  It is very important that we are able to communicate with all students, so please make sure that you answer our calls which may come from a private number when teachers are working from home.

We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2.  Based upon the feedback from the last remote learning period we have increased the number of live lessons for literacy and numeracy classes.  All students will participate in a minimum 2 live literacy lessons and 2 live numeracy lessons each week.  We anticipate a much smoother transition to remote learning as students are very familiar with the use of technology and we have reviewed and adjusted timetables to ensure a realistic and manageable workload for students working at home.

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 https://home.dovetoncollege.vic.edu.au/

The REMOTE LEARNING information provides you with contact emails for the relevant classroom teachers and a mobile phone number for the year level leaders.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers, or the College if you have any questions or concerns.

Please make sure you are able to access Compass using your log-in details.  If you do not have login details please contact the College office asap on 8765 0111.

It is imperative that the College is informed of any change of details, can you please ensure your contact details ie. address, contact phone numbers and email are all up to date.

The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx?

If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks at school and travelling to and from school may do so.

A reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and must stay home until you have received the result of your test.  This is vitally important to continuing to keep our College community safe.

Thank you again, for working with us during the current challenges of the pandemic.  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

July 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments