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Dear students, parents and staff

The long anticipated return of all year levels to on-site learning takes place on Monday with Years 8, 9 and 10 rejoining us.  We are very much looking forward to catching up and communicating in person, and salute the reslience and perseverance of Year 8,9 and 10 students along with their parents and teachers who have been in remote learning for the long haul. Our students, staff and families can be rightfully proud of their achievements in this entirely unforeseen and deeply challenging pandemic year - and I thank you all. 

Elements of the return to school are outlined below with full details found at our Returning to school/On-site Learning wiki page. Please be aware that there are changes to our current arrangements with all students back on site. Please take time to view the brief version below along with the full details at the link.

We are optimistic about the declining trend in coronavirus numbers across Melbourne - if there are three or fewer cases confirmed tomorrow, the 14-day average will drop to five, a pivotal number for moving out of Stage 4 restrictions. However, we remain vigilant about infection control measures at school, doing all we can to prevent potential transmission and ensure the school can stay open for on-site learning right through to the end of the year. To minimise the risks, we are heavily reliant on students following the, Public Health, Department and school guidelines, including wearing masks, hand sanitising and continuing to maintain 1.5 metre physical distance wherever reasonably possible, both in classrooms, during recess, lunchtime and travelling to and from school. Our thoughts and encouragement are with our Year 12 students as they prepare for exams with barely two weeks of classes remaining. It is especially important for our Year 12 students to ensure the school stays virus free as we enter the external VCAA examination period. 

A reminder that the most important action we can take to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. Detailed information about health and safety at school is available at our Returning to school/On-site Learning page. This page will be updated as further information or advice becomes available or changes to arrangements are deemed necessary.

The return to school of all students is not expected to be entirely plain sailing but we trust it will be a change of course that leads us into smoother waters.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

(Principal)


Brief Outline of arrangements for return of all students

School arrival and departure arrangements for Term 4

To support physical distancing at our school we have arranged for the following staggered arrival and departure times and entry/exit points:

  • Junior School - Year 7&8 - 9:00 am
  • Middle School - Year 9&10 - 8:50 am
  • Senior School - Year 11&12 - 8:40 am

Classes held on Level 2 operate 5 minutes ahead of the normal schedule (either side of a recess and lunchtime break) to alleviate congestion in corridors as students move in and out of the building. 

Students to use the stairwell closest to the timetabled classroom. See stairwell allocations - and also posters placed around the school for clarification.

Reducing mixing between student groups

Scheduling of classes for Year 11 and 12 classes are prioritised to Level 3.  Check revised Compass room allocations carefully - there are many room changes from October 26.

Face coverings

  • All school staff on site will wear face coverings unless exempt due to a medical condition or disability but may remove their face covering when teaching students.
  • All students over the age of 12 must wear a face covering unless they are exempt due to a medical condition or disability.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own face mask to school but will be provided with a single-use mask if they forget their own mask, or if they do not bring a mask for any other reason.
  • All secondary school students need to wear a face covering, including when travelling to and from school, unless they are travelling alone in a vehicle or with members of their household.

Physical distancing

  • Wherever possible we will encourage and support physical distancing of students however the Department and Victorian Chief Health Officer has acknowledged that physical distancing in schools is practicably difficult to achieve and has not mandated this practice.
  • Non-contact greetings are encouraged and physical distancing of 1.5 m should be adhered to where practicable.
  • Bags will replace lockers. You will not have access to your LOCKER. Bags will be required to be placed in the safest area of the room as directed by your teacher. i.e. under a chair or under a table. You need to keep your bag with you throughout the school day. If you are concerned about carrying a bag full of books you might choose to leave the hard copy text book at home and use the eBooks whilst at school, perhaps have a book buddy where you bring books for some subjects and your buddy brings the books for other subjects; this could help lighten the load. A bag with wheels could be of benefit rather than a back pack. Only bring books that you require for each day.
  • Teachers can still move around the classroom to assist or supervise you with your work in a similar way to usual if they choose.
  • Furniture has been positioned to optimise physical distancing within classrooms. Please do not move the tables and chairs.
  • The use of the lift is restricted to a maximum of one adult or two students; unless with the specific permission of the Principal.
  • Parents are asked to observe physical distancing requirements (1.5 metres) whenever dropping off or collecting students from school and must not congregate at the school entry/exit points.

Recess and Lunchtime Arrangements as of 26 October for Princes Park use.

  • Year 7/8 students to have access to Zone 3 
  • Year 9/10 students to have access to Zone 1
  • Year 11/12 to have access to Zone 2 
  • All students will need to adhere to public guidelines when in the park i.e. need to be 1.5 metres apart in their social gatherings/circles.
  • Students can play non-contact sport.

Information will be updated at our Returning to school/On-site Learning page as changes or further advice or clarification becomes available. 

Dear students, parents and staff


Thank you for your understanding and support through the remarkable challenges we have faced together so far this year. Well done to our VCE students who successfully negotiated the GAT on Wednesday, and particular thanks to Dani Crew our Senior School Leader for her tireless preparation work to ensure the exam ran smoothly.

The purpose of this message is to outline the particular arrangements for the return to on-site learning on Monday for students in Years 7,11 & 12. The Department of Education and training has this week provided revised operational expectations for schools based on public health advice that we are obliged to implement. Considerable thought and consultation has gone into how to most effectively apply these measures in our Princes Hill context. As more year levels return to on-site learning we expect to adjust arrangements further.

The Premier's media release - Roadmap for all students return to the classroom outlines the thinking behind the timing of the return to onsite learning. Please note that students in Years 8, 9 & 10 are expected to commence from Monday October 26. Until then, remote learning continues for students in these year levels with on-site supervision available for eligible students, i.e. students of permitted workers not working from home and vulnerable students. Please contact Anthony Avotins, Assistant Principal if you need to access the on-site supervision program.

Important elements of the return to school are indicated below with full details found at our Returning to school/On-site Learning wiki page. Please take time to view the brief version below along with the full details at the link. Information about how instrumental music lessons will proceed for students learning voice, woodwind and brass will be provided shortly by Nick Taylor our Music Program Leader.

Based on the advice of the Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer, given the current levels of community transmission in Victoria, mandatory temperature testing of all students on arrival to schools will not be required in Term 4.  However, should community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) increase, temperature checking may be reintroduced for some schools.

A reminder that the most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. Detailed information about health and safety at school is available at our Returning to school/On-site Learning page. This page will be updated page as further information or advice becomes available or changes to arrangements are deemed necessary.

Looking forward to seeing our Year 7, 11 and 12 students back in person on Monday.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

(Principal)

Arrangements for onsite learning from Monday 12 October

School arrival and departure arrangements for Term 4

To support physical distancing at our school we have arranged for the following staggered arrival and departure times and entry/exit points:

  • Junior School - Year 7&8 - 9:00 am (Year 8 from 26 October)
  • Middle School - Year 9&10 - 8:50 am (from 26 October)
  • Senior School - Year 11&12 - 8:40 am

Classes held on Level 2 operate 5 minutes ahead of the normal schedule (either side of a recess and lunchtime break) to alleviate congestion in corridors as students move in and out of the building. 

Students to use the stairwell closest to the timetabled classroom. See stairwell allocations - and also posters placed around the school for clarification.

Reducing mixing between student groups

Scheduling of classes for Year 7 students have been largely prioritised to Level 2 with Year 11 and 12 classes predominantly occurring on Level 3. Check revised Compass room allocations carefully.

Face coverings

  • All school staff on site will wear face coverings unless exempt due to a medical condition or disability but may remove their face covering when teaching students.
  • All students over the age of 12 must wear a face covering unless they are exempt due to a medical condition or disability.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own face mask to school but will be provided with a single-use mask if they forget their own mask, or if they do not bring a mask for any other reason.
  • All secondary school students need to wear a face covering, including when travelling to and from school, unless they are travelling alone in a vehicle or with members of their household.

Physical distancing

  • Wherever possible we will encourage and support physical distancing of students however the Department and Victorian Chief Health Officer has acknowledged that physical distancing in schools is practicably difficult to achieve and has not mandated this practice.
  • Non-contact greetings are encouraged and physical distancing of 1.5 m should be adhered to where practicable.
  • Bags will replace lockers. You will not have access to your LOCKER. Bags will be required to be placed in the safest area of the room as directed by your teacher. i.e. under a chair or under a table. You need to keep your bag with you throughout the school day. If you are concerned about carrying a bag full of books you might choose to leave the hard copy text book at home and use the eBooks whilst at school, perhaps have a book buddy where you bring books for some subjects and your buddy brings the books for other subjects; this could help lighten the load. A bag with wheels could be of benefit rather than a back pack. Only bring books that you require for each day.
  • Teachers can still move around the classroom to assist or supervise you with your work in a similar way to usual if they choose.
  • Furniture has been positioned to optimise physical distancing within classrooms. Please do not move the tables and chairs.
  • The use of the lift is restricted to a maximum of one adult or two students; unless with the specific permission of the Principal.
  • Parents are asked to observe physical distancing requirements (1.5 metres) whenever dropping off or collecting students from school and must not congregate at the school entry/exit points.

Recess and Lunchtime Arrangements October 12- 26

Recess at school: 
All Year 7 and Year 11 & Year 12 students to stay on main site. |
Library to be used by Year 7 students only.
Basketball Court: Patterson street end designated to Y7 students. Main building end designated to Year 12 students.

Lunchtime:
Year 11/12 to have access to Zones 1 and 2 at Princes Park. Will need to adhere to public guidelines for use.
All Year 7 students to stay on main site. 
Library to be used by Year 7 only. 
Basketball Court: Patterson street end designated to Year 7 students. Main building end designated to Year 12 students.


Information will be updated at our Returning to school/On-site Learning page as changes or further advice or clarification becomes available. 




Dear students, parents and staff

Following advice from the government a week ago Victorians have found the last week or so especially challenging. The prospect of further periods of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and a more gradual and cautious emergence from lock-down and curfew than anticipated, has been hard to take. Some in our community have been especially hard hit by the economic impact of the pandemic and we acknowledge the particular difficulties this will continue to present. Notwithstanding the undeniable headwinds and dark clouds, our spirits have been lifted and we draw a renewed sense of hope from the continued downward trend of new coronavirus cases, the growing promise in vaccine development,  the proximity of  the school holidays, and the advent of Spring with increasing light and warmth. The perseverance, resilience and adaptability of our students, families and staff throughout the year has been remarkable and is to be celebrated as we look forward to the gradual return of students to school in Term 4.

As we move toward the holiday period  I want to recognise the extraordinary circumstances we have navigated in our journey through the pandemic so far. During the break I urge all of us to first take time to care for ourselves, followed by family and friends. Teachers of classes in Years 7-10 have been asked to create no additional homework for the holiday period - perhaps excluding a recommendation to read a book or practice a musical instrument. Time away from screens is a good plan, making the most of the additional hour of exercise given the slight relaxation of restrictions this week.  Similar advice applies for Year 11 classes and students though some catch-up may be necessary and worthwhile.

Year 12 students are encouraged to balance the revision, study and preparation with time for recreation, relaxation and exercise to sustain them through term 4. The Department has formally ruled out any on-site assessments, preparations for exams or additional classes during the holiday period. A Year 12 practice English/English Language  exam will be conducted remotely on Monday September 28 from 9-12 am. Other Year 12 teachers may conduct remote revision or practice exams for their classes during the holidays but we have asked this to also only occur in the second week of the holidays. Staff too are encouraged to take a clear break, escape screens and prioritise physical and mental health.


Term 4 

The Department has outlined for schools the expected process of returning to onsite learning, consistent with the Victorian Government's Covid-12 Reopening Roadmap. Some key dates are outlined below.

Week 1 October 5-9

Remote learning continues for all students Years 7-12.

Wednesday October 7 GAT examination on-site - all students undertaking Unit 3&4 subjects are required (Remote learning continues for all other students). Specific instructions for the conduct of the GAT will be provided to senior students on Monday October 5. 

Some on-site assessments and preparation for Year 12 mandatory assessments will occur on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October

On-site supervision will continue to be provided in limited circumstances consistent with Department guidelines.


Weeks 2 & 3 October 12-16; October 19-25

Year 11 and 12 (VCE & VCAL) and Year 10 students enrolled in Year 11 classes resume on-site (subject to reaching an average daily case rate in metro Melbourne of 30 to 50 cases over a 14 day period with public health advice regarding transmission source).

Remote learning continues for all other students.

On-site supervision will continue to be provided in limited circumstances consistent with Department guidelines.


Week 4 October 26-30

Year 11 and 12 (VCE & VCAL) and Year 10 students enrolled in Year 11 classes continue on-site.

Friday October 30 Last day of year 12 classes (to be confirmed)


Date subject to health advice – students in Years 3-10 in metropolitan Melbourne

All students from Years 3 to 10 in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning until further notice.

A date for the return of these year levels to on-site learning will be subject to further public health advice (potentially from October 26). 


Wishing everyone a restorative holiday break and hoping for a continued downward trend in coronavirus daily numbers.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

(Principal)


Dear VCE Unit 3&4, VCAL & VET Students, staff, parents and carers

Today we received confirmation from the VCAA that schools can conduct on-site assessments for VCE Unit 3&4, VCAL & VET students.

'The VCAA confirms that the Stay at Home Directions  (the Directions) across Victoria enable:

• students to leave their premises to undertake essential VCE and VCAL assessments onsite, 
• a school or other educational facility or institution to operate for the purposes of providing those services to those students, where it is ‘not reasonably practicable for those assessment to be undertaken’ from the student’s home, and
• education staff can leave their premises to undertake support for the delivery of mandatory VCE and VCAL assessments onsite.'

The definition for Essential Assessments listed in the Directions, or what was referred to as Mandatory Assessments in the Operations Guide for DET schools, includes:
• for Unit 3 and 4 VCE and VCAL students, essential assessments include all School-based Assessments (School-assessed Coursework and School-assessed Tasks) for all studies and VCAL strands. This includes these VCE and VCAL essential assessments delivered at a school or other educational facility or institution. For VET programs, undertaken as part of VCE or VCAL, including VCE VET, essential assessments include any units of competency that require access to facilities, resources, equipment or materials for practical assessments that are unable to be conducted via remote learning.

Our school will follow all COVID-19 related Health directions and Department of Education and Training guidelines, as well as the Specific controls for Essential Assessments for VCE and VCAL advice approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. At Princes Hill we will better the physical distancing requirements by at least 50%, along with meeting or exceeding the expectations in relation to documenting seating arrangements; sanitising; mask wearing; cleaning; temperature checking and distributed access points.

Students will know if their assessment will occur on-site when advised by their teacher, confirmed by a Compass Event that will detail the entry point, room and arrangements for their assessment. On-site SACs this week include Maths Methods (Wednesday afternoon)  and Physics (Friday). Specific details and times will be confirmed via the Compass Event. Some assessments will continue to operate remotely where deemed appropriate.

Of course, students must observe all public health measures consistent with Stage 4 restrictions whilst travelling to and from the school, and at all times whilst on site. More information on this will be provided through the Compass Event and News Feed.

Specific information about the conduct of on-site SATs, rehearsals, performance and practical VET assessments will be provided during the week.

Thank you for your patience as we have sought clarification and worked through the challenges presented by on-site and remote assessment respectively.


Best regards

Trevor Smith and Dani Crew

Dear senior students,

Invariably, we find that August is a challenging time for senior students, especially in Year 12. It can be hard to maintain focus, motivation and momentum. The winter weather, a build up of assessments and an awareness that exams are still a way off ( but nonetheless getting closer) are all significant hurdles to overcome in the final year of secondary school.  Clearly, this year the hurdles are a little higher and the race a little longer!  Take confidence from knowing that Princes Hill students make it through these challenges to the finish line and perform tremendously well.  We have been impressed by how well you have so far navigated the uncertainty and unpredictability of life and study in a global pandemic, school closure, lock-down and Stage 4 restrictions.  This is a testament to your strength, resilience and ability to adapt. Thank you too, for your continuing support and care for each other. 

Remote Assessments

During Stage 4 restrictions all Year 11 and VCAL assessments will occur remotely unless otherwise advised.  Some Year 12 assessments will be conducted remotely, others will be held on-site. 

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has advised schools on the delivery of remote assessments and our processes reflect this advice. Having trialled remote assessments last week, we have further developed and documented our remote assessment processes and expectations. These will be shared with senior school students through the wiki.

Year 12 On-site Assessments

The Chief Health Officer and the Department of Education have reiterated that schools remain safe places for students to be. We are committed to ensuring the integrity and authenticity of our school-based assessments. Consequently, some assessments will be held on-site. There has however, been a delay whilst the Department of Education works with the Department of Health to clarify the appropriate control measures for onsite attendance for assessments. We have been advised this morning that this advice is imminent.

Our aim is to minimise any disruption to the Year 12 curriculum program resulting from on-site assessments.  Therefore, some SACs will need to be scheduled after normal school hours. We are also awaiting clarification of how student attendance for Year 12 SATs (mandatory practical assessment tasks in some Arts subjects) will be managed. 

Students are permitted to travel to school and attend for onsite assessments but must take care to ensure they wear face coverings when out, keep physically distanced and do not gather in groups of more than two. Teachers will be granted permitted worker status to attend on-site where necessary. 

Specific information about forthcoming individual subject assessments (i.e. if remote or on-site) will be provided by the senior school team and your class teacher.

Authentication and Assessment

It is important to note that for all VCE Unit Outcomes it is vital that teachers are able to authenticate student work. Students are required to declare the authenticity of their work. It is advised that students date and keep all drafts, notes, plans, classwork, revision notes etc. These can be shown to teachers to help authenticate student work when we’re back at school. Students are encouraged to keep all work and not to throw out anything that could be used as evidence of learning. 

Importantly, VCE students are reminded of their obligation to follow VCAA and school rules regarding school-based assessments under test conditions. 'A student undertaking assessment under test conditions as part of School-based Assessment in Units 1 to 4 must comply with VCAA examination rules.' - VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2020, VCAA. For rules for assessments please refer to VCE Student Guidelines for Remote Assessment. If any part or all of the work cannot be authenticated it will be considered a potential breach of VCAA rules and will be investigated. The work will need to be repeated once on-site.

For detailed information on Remote Learning for the Senior School please use this link. 

As new information comes to hand, we will update you.


Best regards

Trevor Smith & Dani Crew

Dear students, staff, parents and carers

Thank you for your understanding as we seek to clarify and develop effective approaches to VCE assessment whether it be remotely or on-site.

On Tuesday we communicated that on site SACs are still possible for Year 12 subjects and are an approved exception to Stage 4 restrictions, i.e. 'onsite attendance (is) permitted for completion of mandatory assessments by students and staff'. This attendance is subject to the operation of the school's specific Covid-19 Safety Plan and staff being designated as permitted workers.

However, the Department of Education nor the VCAA have yet provided updated advice to schools in this regard. Therefore, we will not conduct SACs on-site until this is clarified. We also outlined on Tuesday that where SACs can be satisfactorily conducted and authenticated that these will be completed remotely.

For tomorrow, Friday 7 August we can confirm that English Language and Literature SACs will proceed remotely. However, the Further Maths SAC will be deferred to a date and time to be confirmed. Details of conditions for the conduct of remote SACs will be provided by the Senior School team and your class teacher.

We are aiming to complete assessments as scheduled where reasonably possible. Therefore, both Year 11 and 12 students should continue to thoroughly prepare for SACs as currently scheduled. 

As further advice comes to hand about VCE assessments we will bring it to you.


Kind regards

Trevor Smith & Dani Crew



Dear students, staff, parents and carers

Following the unexpected school closure for the last two weeks of July, to reopen for just one day, and now turning again to remote learning,  there are inevitable and understandable questions about how assessment will occur for senior students, especially those in year 12. With a back log of assessments due to the school closure we are all keen to proceed as soon as reasonably possible with scheduled SACs.

We are all getting accustomed to uncertainty and rapid changes in direction. Whilst it is not yet precisely clear what the advice will be from the VCAA about how schools will proceed with assessments for Unit 4, we understand that the VCAA will provide guidance on this matter very soon.

The government has announced the following education sector, industry specific specific obligations. That  'onsite attendance (is) permitted for completion of mandatory assessments by students and staff'.  This recognises that appropriate authentication of some assessments can only reasonably occur on site. A specific Covid-19 Safety Plan is understood to be required.

Therefore, we expect to conduct most Year 12 SACs onsite, allowing time for students to safely travel to and from school, and to avoid impinging on class learning time for other subjects.

We are intending that all Year 11 assessments will occur remotely under specific conditions to be advised.

This year we implemented a new approach on our wiki and via Compass to the scheduling and communication of assessments. Our aim has been to provide greater oversight, clarity and balance in the timing and calendaring of SACs. It remains our preference to maintain the existing schedule of SACs as closely as is reasonably possible.

Therefore, we expect the  following Year 12 SACs scheduled for this week to go ahead on-site unless we advise otherwise

i.e. English Language, Literature, Further Maths. 

Theatre Studies and Italian SACs will occur remotely.

Students should continue to prepare for these assessments.

However, please understand that we are obliged to wait for the updated Department Operations Guide - expected today - before proceeding with any on-site SAC arrangements.

As soon as we have further concrete advice we will provide it.

Please also be aware that the GAT has been moved to Wednesday October 7 and is anticipated to play a more significant role in moderating student internal assessments than in previous years. Consequently, our Senior School Team is planning additional preparation sessions to ensure students are familiar with the GAT format.


Best regards

Trevor Smith & Dani Crew



Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

The Premier announced this afternoon that we move to Stage 4 restrictions from 6 pm tonight.

Recently, I have frequently been reminded of the maxim to take one day at a time. I will be as succinct as possible, acknowledging that there will be many questions. However, many of these will need to wait for further information and clarification. As the Premier said this afternoon, 'The whole way through this, I promised to be upfront. So I’ll say this now. This will be imperfect. And for a little while, there’ll be more questions than answers. It’s why I’m asking something else of Victorians – please be calm, please be kind, please be patient.

Tomorrow - Monday August 3

  • Year 11 &12 classes (as advised yesterday) will be held on-site and the school is open. I encourage senior students to ensure they attend for this last opportunity to catch up with their teachers in person for 6 weeks
  • Remote learning continues tomorrow for students in Years 7-10
  • The onsite supervision program for students in Years 7-10 will operate tomorrow as communicated yesterday
  • Close contacts of the confirmed case have completed their quarantine period and can attend and no close contact has tested positive
  • Face coverings must be worn by students and staff.  Please see the specific advice for staff and for students here. Detailed information about the correct use of face coverings can be found here
  • All senior students must enter the building from the main entrance in Arnold St and maintain physical distancing whilst school staff conduct temperature checks

Tuesday August 4

  • This is a statewide pupil free day for staff to prepare for Remote Learning at Year 11&12
  • The school will be open on Tuesday August 4 for students and staff to collect books, prepare resources and important items for remote learning.

Wednesday August 5

  • At Princes Hill SC this is a day of parent teacher interviews for students in Years 10-12. This has been scheduled from the start of the year and will continue as planned via Zoom . Please refer to previous News Feed announcements. There will be no remote learning on this day.
  • There will be a limited onsite learning program during Stage 4 restrictions. Advice on how this will operate will be provided when received from the Department of Education.

Thursday August 6

  • Remote learning classes operate from this date for all students until at least September 13.

I anticipate that there will be further advice from the Department of Education later this evening that I will communicate to you tomorrow.

I'll finish this message with the words of the Premier,

'All the temporary sacrifices we make now – all the time missed with mates, those delayed visits to mum – those sacrifices will help keep our mates and our mums and our fellow Victorians safe. We can – we will – get through this.

Apart. But together.'


Take care and stay safe,


Trevor Smith

Principal




Dear students, parents and carers

I’m writing to update you about the situation at our school, after a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

I’d like to thank the entire school community at the outset for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

This afternoon I was advised that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as the lead health agency, has completed its risk assessment and has confirmed the school can reopen from 1 August 2020 now that contact tracing and appropriate cleaning has completed. As such, I look forward to welcoming those students who are allowed to attend (detailed below), to school on Monday 3 August 2020.

When our school reopens, we will operate in line with the current advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. The only students to attend on site are:

  • students in Years 11 and 12
  • students in Year 10 for VCE or VCAL classes
  • students who require on-site supervision – including children whose parents cannot work from home and where no other arrangements can be made, vulnerable children and children with a disability. Parents who wish their child to access this program where students participate in the remote learning program whilst supervised at school, should complete the form at this link and submit it to Anthony Avotins at avotinsa@phsc.vic.edu.au as soon as possible or call him on 0475 961 023.

Students in Prep to Year 10 at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will continue to learn from home until at least Wednesday 19 August.

Quarantine and Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions

As part of its investigation, DHHS has also identified people who have potentially come into close contact with the confirmed case who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). It provided direct and specific advice to these individuals and their families about quarantine and looking after themselves. If DHHS has not contacted you to advise that you or your child is a close contact of a coronavirus (COVID-19) case, you are not required to quarantine. Identified close contacts are reminded to ensure they have the 11 day (or more) covid-19 test as communicated by DHHS. 

The quarantine period for students and staff identified as close contacts has now expired and they are able to attend school from Monday.

All of us in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire remain under the Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions, with only four reasons to leave home:

  1. Shopping for food and essential items
  2. Care and care-giving
  3. Exercise
  4. Work and study, if it can’t be done at home.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering if you need to leave home for one of the four reasons.

It is important that we all continue to follow the health advice from the experts for our own, and our children’s, health. If you or your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath:

  • stay at home and do not attend school
  • seek medical advice – call ahead to alert your doctor about the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the school and any symptoms before visiting, and take this communication with you
  • call the school to let us know

More information

More information regarding coronavirus and schools is available from the Department of Education and Training (DET) on the DET website or by contacting the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, Monday to Friday during business hours. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Princes Hill Secondary College and they will provide as much information as they can.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret. For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

I also remind you to please respect the privacy of our student who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19). We pride ourselves on being a caring and supportive school community, and I thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The school will continue to work closely with both DET and DHHS during this time. As we prepare to return, I am reassured by the observation that no further positive cases have been reported as part of the extensive tracing and testing procedures.

Further communication will follow tomorrow to clarify various arrangements for the reopening of the school and the return to on-site learning for Year 11 and 12 classes.

Yours sincerely,

Trevor Smith

Principal

Dear parents, carers, students and staff,

I’d like to thank the entire school community at the outset for your patience and understanding after a student at Princes Hill Secondary College tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

I have been advised by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that contact tracing for our school is ongoing so our school remains closed.

I would like to inform you that the deep clean of the school has now been completed.

All of us in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire remain under the Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions, with only four reasons to leave home:

  1. Shopping for food and essential items
  2. Care and caregiving
  3. Exercise
  4. Work and study, if it can’t be done at home.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering if you need to leave home for one of the four reasons.

It is important that we all continue to monitor our own health and the health of our children daily during this time. If you or your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath:

  • stay at home and do not attend school
  • seek medical advice – call ahead to alert your doctor about the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the school and any symptoms before visiting, and take this letter with you
  • call the school to let us know.

More information regarding coronavirus and schools is available from the Department of Education and Training (DET) on the DET website or by contacting the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, Monday to Friday during business hours.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.

For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

I will advise of our school’s re-opening date once this is confirmed by DHHS.

When our school reopens, it will operate in line with the current advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire; the only students to attend on-site are:

  • students in years 11 and 12
  • students in Year 10 for VCE or VCAL classes
  • students who require on-site supervision – including children whose parents cannot work from home and where no other arrangements can be made, vulnerable children and children with a disability.

Students in Prep to Year 10 at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will continue to learn from home until at least 19 August.

I also remind you to please respect the privacy of our student who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19). I am proud of our school’s inclusive culture and I encourage you to do what you can to make sure all our students and families continue to feel supported and included during this difficult time.


Yours sincerely,

Trevor Smith
Principal

Princes Hill Secondary College



Dear students, staff, parents and carers

Consistent with the communication sent this morning, in the absence of further advice from the Departments of Health and Education the school will continue to remain closed tomorrow Tuesday July 28. All classes will be conducted remotely for students in Years 7-12.

Please be aware that when classes are confirmed as returning onsite, that the wearing of protective masks will be required. More information about this and other infection control measures in place will be provided tomorrow.

Kind regards


Trevor Smith

Principal

Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

School closure and remote learning

No doubt you have learned through the media in the last few days that the Department of Health is experiencing long delays in following up with contact tracing where cases of Covid-19 are confirmed. 

This has presented significant challenges for schools in providing timely advice to their communities following confirmed cases. The Department of Education has advised that until contact tracing is confirmed as complete by the Department of Health, the school will remain closed and the building cannot be accessed until formal clearance is granted.

Therefore, we expect that the school will remain closed tomorrow Friday July 24 with all Year 7-12 classes conducted remotely. This will be confirmed later today as soon as we receive further clarification from the Departments of Health and Education. Please be aware that the reopening of the school may be delayed into next week. Prior to any return we will clarify the infection control measures in place including advice on the provision and use of masks.

Contact tracing

The Department of Health have spoken with me in the last hour, and we have immediately provided the requested information about possible close contacts to assist in the contact tracing process. 

The Department of Health has also asked the school to inform students and staff who may be considered close contacts today. We will individually email possible close contacts (only Year 12 students have bee identified) this afternoon, and include advice on what to do whilst waiting for contact from the Department of Health. For clarity, the Department of Health definition of ‘close contact’ can be found here. Ultimately, the Department of Health determines who is officially deemed a close contact.

I urge all members of our community to consistently follow the public health advice at the DHHS Website to assist in reducing the spread of the virus. This includes getting tested and staying home if experiencing any symptoms.

Students and parents can contact our student wellbeing team through our Remote Learning Home page for support or with any personal concerns they may have.

I thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. We are aware that the pandemic response continues to rapidly evolve. We will endeavour to keep you fully informed as new advice is received or the situation changes.

Best regards

Trevor Smith