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.
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.
Ms Renae Walker
Ms Alex Panoutsos
Ms Cassie Williams
Ms Rebecca Campbell
Ms Amanda Hooper – Duffy
Ms Mandeep Dominguez
Ms Libbee King
Mr Milos Lujic
Ms Devinna Duffy
Ms Bek Gathercole
Ms Kristy Lasek
Ms Paramjeet Kaur
Ms Bridget Bennett
Ms Amara Miles
Ms Kirstie O’Donnell
Ms Laura Serong
Ms Marg Thompson
Ms Fiona Newstead
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.
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.
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:
Shopping for food or other essential items
To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
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
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 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.
I am sure that you have heard the recent announcements from the Premier and Chief Health Officer regarding the re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions. From 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July, if you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell then Stay at Home restrictions will apply. These restrictions are being applied because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 and the heightened risk of transmission.
If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell 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.
Additional restrictions have also been put in place:
You cannot have visitors to your home except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or receiving services.
You can no longer visit friends and family who live at another household, except to see your intimate partner, or for caregiving or compassionate reasons, or providing services.
For school children, next week is an extension of school holidays – children are not required at school and not required to undertake any learning programs. We will be running a limited supervision program for children who are not able to be at home because their parents/carers are working. If you need to access this program you must contact the office as soon as possible and complete the onsite attendance form if eligible.
The Early Learning Centre remains open for children who cannot be at home. Families who keep their children at home due to the current COVID restrictions will not lose their place at the centre.
The current situation is changing daily and there will be more detailed advice provided over the next few days for both the Early Learning Centre and the school sector.
Please make sure that you check Compass daily for updates. If you have changed your email address or mobile phone number please advise the office immediately. We will continue to update the NEWS section on the website.
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. I assure you that as soon as I am able I will provide you with more details for the weeks ahead. Our key priority is to ensure that we continue to support all members of our community as we work together to reduce the spread of the virus, and to stay safe and healthy.
As the term ends there are a few important messages.
Firstly, I would like to once again thank you for your support during the COVID19 pandemic. It has been, and continues to be an unpredictable time for us all and I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to stay connected and stay safe.
I would like to acknowledge and thank our students, who have adapted quickly and easily to the new routines and processes. They have all taken responsibility for their own personal hygiene, particularly handwashing, and have cooperated fully to ensure the safety of everyone in the College.
I am very grateful to all of our staff, who have worked tirelessly over the last term to ensure that we have continued to provide the very best care and education during these challenging times.
Semester 1 reports have been published on Compass. You can access these through your child’s profile. The Department of Education and Training has adjusted the expectations of Student Reports for Semester 1 in recognition of the transition to remote and flexible learning during Term 2. While our College has continued to deliver its teaching and learning program and monitor the achievement and progress of each student, there have been some unprecedented changes to our usual program.
At Doveton College, we know it is vital to involve students and their parents/carers in learning. This process includes providing reports on student learning. We have provided a report for the each student enrolled at the school for Semester 1. The reports include information on student achievement for each curriculum area taught, however, there are some changes from our usual Semester 1 reports.
Student reports for Semester 1 2020 will include:
• a description of the areas of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 taught
• comments regarding student learning achievement, based on the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for the subject areas taught
• a comment on how the student has adjusted to the remote and flexible learning environment.
This semester we will not be including teacher judgements and a five-point scale due to the unprecedented changes to our program due to COVID-19. We will report on progress at the end of the year.
There will be an opportunity for parent teacher interviews in Term 3, however the format and date for these is yet to be confirmed and will depend upon the operational advice relating to safety and minimizing the risk during the pandemic. We will provide these details as soon as they are available.
Thank you for your support in the changed drop off and pick up arrangements which have worked extremely well. We have seen a very settled start to the day, with significantly improved punctuality which enables everyone to begin learning at 9am.
These drop off and pick up arrangements will continue in Term 3.
Similarly, the other operational process will continue – students to bring own drink bottle, no parents on site, essential service visitors only, physical distancing for adults, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, no camps/excursions.
I will advise you when these processes and restrictions change. We will continue to operate with an abundance of caution so that we minimize the risk to all those in our community.
The pandemic is not over. It is important that over the holiday break families continue to observe the restrictions in place, practice good hand hygiene, limit contact greetings, cough/sneeze into elbow, don’t touch your face and get tested if unwell.
The Victorian Government has provided resources in many different languages – these can be accessed through the QR codes attached – using the camera on your phone.
You should get tested for COVID-19 even if you have the mildest of symptoms, which include fever, chills or sweats, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, loss of sense of smell. Locations of testing sites are attached.
As a community we have done an amazing job so far in keeping ourselves and each other safe and healthy. This can continue if we all observe the restrictions and protocols. Whilst not as restrictive as the last school holiday period, these holidays still require everyone to carefully consider the things they do. The less movement in the community the less opportunity for the virus to spread.
Further information regarding coronavirus can be found at
Once again, I thank you all for your continued support and I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy. Any updates for the community over the holiday period will be provided via email, Compass, Facebook and the NEWS section of the website. I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 13 July for the start of Term 3.