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Final year school student vaccination blitz - reminder

A reminder that final year students (all Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3/4 students, final year Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and final year International Baccalaureate (IB) students), their teachers and exam supervisors and assessors have access to priority timeslots to attend their vaccination appointment at a state vaccination centre until Sunday 19 September.

The vaccination blitz for final year school students has been extended until Sunday 19 September, following a very strong and positive response from the community in the first week of the blitz. Getting vaccinated helps protect you, your family, friends and the wider school community. If you have yet to make a vaccination appointment please act now.

Details of how to get vaccinated are found in the letters below:

Letter for students

Letter for parents

Letter for staff

Webinar to be held this afternoon...Vaccine and Mental Health webinar for students on Tuesday 14 September  

The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a live webinar for young people to provide information on COVID-19 vaccines and how to support their mental health. The free webinar is on Tuesday 14 September, from 6pm to 7pm. Registration is via this link.

Topics will include:

  • vaccine development and safety
  • accessing and consenting to a vaccination
  • how to book an appointment
  • supporting your mental health
  • question and answer session with the panel. 

This event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live. For access information visit Attend a live event in Teams.

Best regards

Trevor Smith

Principal

Dear students, and parents and carers

The importance of vaccination to the safe return of students to school cannot be overstated. A very high proportion of vaccinated Princes Hill school community members - students, staff, parents and carers, families - is the key to a safe and sustainable return to onsite learning for our whole community. Please act on this opportunity when you read this message. Anecdotally, some parents have found phoning the hotline more helpful than trying to book online. Also, if you are booking on behalf of dependents or family members, please call the Victorian Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter, call the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press 0.

As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, from today Monday 13 September, all Victorians aged 12 and older are eligible to book and receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a state vaccination centre, a Commonwealth vaccination centre, or through a GP clinic, pharmacy or community health service.

Please see an important letter to parents giving full details of how students aged 12-15 years can get vaccinated including relevant links.

A similar letter for students is also available here including relevant links. Attending a vaccination centre or medical appointment should be prioritsed, and is a legitimate reason for missing a remote learning class. Parents, please enter relevant details on Compass. 

Vaccine and Mental Health webinar for students on Tuesday 14 September  

The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a live webinar for young people to provide information on COVID-19 vaccines and how to support their mental health. The free webinar is on Tuesday 14 September, from 6pm to 7pm. Registration is via this link.

Topics will include:

  • vaccine development and safety
  • accessing and consenting to a vaccination
  • how to book an appointment
  • supporting your mental health
  • question and answer session with the panel. 

This event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live. For access information visit Attend a live event in Teams.


Best regards,

Trevor Smith 

Principal


Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

Years 7-10

A reminder that in response to feedback from parents & carers, staff and students on remote learning, we have planned and scheduled a 'circuit breaker day' for tomorrow Thursday 9th September for students in Years 7-10. 

 Normal scheduled classes will be cancelled for these year levels, and there will be three sessions that have fun and engaging activities for students to engage in.

 The expectation for students on this day is to log on to Compass, look at the activities in the lesson plan and participate. There will be a range of “Switch On” (online) and “Switch Off” offline activities which will give the PHSC community a chance to come together and have fun. Parents and family members are encouraged to participate in the "Fitness for Parents" & "Trivia with a Twist" zoom sessions.

 Students will be able to share pictures of some of the offline activities on a Padlet (link in your lesson plan) which will add to the fun of the day and the sense of community.

Looking forward to participating in 'circuit breaker activities' with you and sharing some offline highlights tomorrow!


Years 11&12

Classes for Years 11& 12 continue as regularly scheduled.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

Principal

Dear students and parents and carers, and staff

I want to recommend to you a webinar for those who have questions about vaccinations and the ongoing vaccination blitz (please note; eight days of priority access to go as of today).
The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a live webinar for final year school students, their families and educators to provide information on COVID-19 vaccination. 

You can join the additional free webinar on Thursday 9 September, 6-7pm. Registration is via this link.

Topics covered include:
• Vaccines, development and safety
• Accessing and consenting to a vaccination
• How to book an appointment
• Q+A with the panel.

This event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live. For access information visit Attend a live event in Teams.

For ready reference, I have included below the News Feed we sent on Monday about the access to vaccination for all students aged over 16, and the 10 Day Vaccination blitz for Year 12 /VCE Unit 3/4 students, school staff and exam supervisors.

A link to the letter to students on September 2 from the Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino is also provided.

Best regards,

Trevor Smith

Principal

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News Feed text from Monday September 6 for easy reference

Dear students
 
As part of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, all students aged 16 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself, your family and our school community from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.
 
We strongly encourage all students aged 16 and over to book their appointment at either a vaccination centre or at their participating doctor, pharmacy or community health clinic and get vaccinated as soon as possible,
It is important that any students or staff adhere to the following while travelling to and from their vaccination appointment, and while at the vaccination centre.
 

  • A face mask must be worn at all times unless a lawful exemption applies. For more information on face masks visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks
  • Maintain physical distancing where possible
  • Practise good hygiene including using hand sanitiser and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue to cough, or otherwise into your elbow
  • Minimise aerosolising behaviours such as singing, shouting

 
Students should not attend their appointment if:

  • They have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • They are in self-isolation or quarantine

You are encouraged to regularly check the list of exposure sites published at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites. If you have visited an exposure site during the specified times, you must follow the specific advice listed for that exposure site.
 
Please access an individual priority booking as part of the COVID-19 vaccine booking blitz.

  • Year 12 students will be able to book from 8am Monday 6 September
  • Other students enrolled in units 3 and 4 will be able to book from 8am Wednesday 8 September

The hotline is open from 8am – 8pm, the phone number is 1800 434 144.

Please note, there is enough vaccine supply for all eligible students and staff so there is no need to rush to call the booking hotline on Monday when it opens. Please be patient as there may be long wait times.   
 
Bring these things:

Please refer to Department Health information on what to bring to your vaccine appointment for more information.
For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
For further assistance, contact:

  • the Department of Health Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398
  • the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080.


The Premier confirmed yesterday, Wednesday 1st September, the extension to the current lockdown.  This means schools will continue with remote learning, teaching and working for the remainder of Term 3. It also means we have a clearer picture of what the next few weeks will look like for all of us which provides some certainty.

The GAT (General Achievement Test), for any student enrolled in a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, will now be held on Tuesday 5th October 2021. We will provide more details about the arrangements for the GAT as they are confirmed by VCAA. 

It is expected we will have a lot more information for students and families shortly concerning the roll out of priority COVID vaccination access through State-run vaccination hubs. I note the Premier recommended that appointments be kept if students have already been successful in making a booking for a vaccination.

Thank you to parents, students, and staff who recently provided feedback about an extended remote learning context. Our staff are incorporating this feedback to adjust their teaching practices consistent with a longer period of remote learning. For example, there will be a ‘Circuit Breaker Day’ for Years 7-10 students next Thursday 9th September. This will include a range of engaging social/emotional/physical activities for students to complete throughout the course of the day. More specific details will be sent via a Newsfeed by the end of this week. Please note that regularly scheduled Senior School classes will operate as usual on this day (Thursday 9 September).  

Our staff continue to do a tremendous job of adjusting to the remote teaching and learning context. I know too,  that our parents and carers continue to do everything they can to support their loved ones. Our students have demonstrated a high level of maturity and resilience during these difficult times. I encourage students, parents and carers, and staff to use the support services  outlined in previous blog posts and below as helpful.

I trust that we are slowly closing in on the end to this marathon of lockdown and remote learning. Vaccination is a ray of hope shining through. Continue to be kind and support one another.

Best regards,

Anthony Avotins
Acting Principal

Dear Parent/Carer, 

To support our school community during this time, resources and supports are available for parents, carers, and families.  These resources will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care during this time. I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves during this time.  

Services and support for students and their families  

A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing. 

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority this year, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and while students are learning during the extended lockdown restrictions.  

For students, the guide includes resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing. 

The guide also includes resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes: 

Wellbeing guidance for parents and carers is also available:  

Student referrals to PHSC Wellbeing Team 

Parents and Carers are welcome to contact our Wellbeing Team on wellbeing@phsc.vic.edu.au 

Our Wellbeing Team comprises of Felicity Marlowe (SWC), Jess Little (Mental Health Practitioner) and Kelly Yu (School Psychologist). A mental health care plan is not required and services are free. However, there is a short wait list and assessment process to manage the high demand for support. Newsfeeds about wellbeing information sessions will be sent over the ensuing weeks.  We understand and acknowledge that it is difficult to access mental health support at this stage. We are endeavoring to provide resources and support during these extended lockdowns. 

Hope these resources and options can support you and your family during these times.  I know that the PHSC community is doing a remarkable job under really challenging circumstances. I am extremely proud of our staff, students, and families. 

Stay safe, be kind and know that we are in this together. 


Kind regards,
Anthony Avotins
Princes Hill Secondary College

 

The Victorian Premier has today announced an extended Melbourne lockdown to keep Melbournians safe. Expectations and arrangements for remote learning are the same as for our current lockdown period. If a student has difficulty accessing their Zoom session they should alert their class teacher by email. Our Remote Learning Expectations has a raft of resources and information relevant to remote learning for students. 

A program for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers will be provided on site. Please contact Baden Small on smallb@phsc.vic.edu.au or call the school on 9389 0600 if you need to access this option. 

Previous links and reminders are on the Remote Learning Home - Princes Hill Secondary College page.

Other important messages:

Thursday 12th August

The scheduled Curriculum day has been deferred. All classes across all years have been reinstated as remote teaching and learning sessions.

2021 General Achievement Test rescheduled

This year’s General Achievement Test for Year 12 students is rescheduled

With COVID-19 community transmission still occurring in metropolitan Melbourne, the Department of Health’s public health team has recommended the General Achievement Test (GAT) be rescheduled, reducing the risk of a further outbreak.

The VCAA will let schools know about the rescheduled date for the GAT as soon as possible.

The department and the VCAA will support schools in the coming weeks to make appropriate COVIDSafe plans to hold the GAT.

COVID-19 vaccination update for students

As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout, more Victorian students are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

The free and safe vaccines being used in Australia are effective at preventing serious illness and loss of life from COVID-19.

Student eligibility

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that from Monday 9 August, children aged between 12 to 15 years old are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine if they: 

People aged 16 years and older continue to also be eligible under these categories, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

ATAGI will provide further advice on the broader 12-to-15-year age group in coming months. As more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available, more people will be able to get vaccinated. 

Eligible young people and their parents or guardians should speak to their doctor if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and their health.

Parents and carers should refer to Department Health information on what to bring to your vaccine appointment.

For more information about eligibility, refer to coronavirus.vic.gov.au or use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

Advice for  parents and carers is available.

Find out more

For more information, refer to:

For further enquiries, contact:

  • the Department of Health Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398
  • the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: 1800 020 080.

Get Active Victoria

When children participate in regular physical activity, it boosts their physical and mental health and improves academic performance.

Physical activity throughout the day also improves concentration, and the ability to retain information and solve problems.

There are many benefits to being active and getting your move on, but a lot of children aren’t moving enough, particularly while learning from home.

15 minutes 4 times a day is all it takes.

To help support your children to stay active while learning from home, families can access a range of free COVIDSafe ideas to stay active and games  through Get Active Victoria.

Families should remember that whatever gets children moving, gets them active.

Our PHSC Health and physical education staff have provided exercise programs here


I thank our whole PHSC community for their continued support and cooperation with the latest health advice.  I want to emphasise my appreciation for the support and kindness that is helping us all during these times,


Stay safe and take care.
Anthony Avotins
Acting Principal


Dear students, parents and carers, and staff 


With the announcement late this afternoon by the Premier of a 7 day lockdown, the school is moving again to remote learning, starting tomorrow - Friday 6th August. 

Students were alerted to the prospect of remote learning at the end of the school day and should be well prepared for the change. If essential equipment needs to be collected, then students should call the school to make the necessary arrangements. All public health advice and Covid-19 restrictions will need to be followed in such instances. 

Expectations and arrangements for remote learning are the same as for our previous lockdown period last month. 

All VCE classes will be conducted as scheduled commencing period 1 tomorrow. (Friday). Students should check their Compass Lesson Plan for details for Zoom sessions and work to be continued, completed or commenced. 

All other classes will commence from period 3 tomorrow (Friday) This will allow teachers to adjust their lesson planning to the remote learning context. 

Again, students are expected to check their Compass Lesson Plan and join their class via Zoom with rolls marked based on those joining their Zoom session. 

If a student has difficulty accessing their Zoom session they should alert their class teacher by email. A reminder that our Remote Learning Expectations has a raft of resources and information relevant to remote learning for students. 

A program for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers will be provided on site. Please contact Baden Small on smallb@phsc.vic.edu.au or call the school on 9389 0600 if you need to access this option. 

All instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals will continue via Zoom commencing Period 1. Students should check their Compass Lesson Plans for Zoom links and other lesson resources. 

We have successfully navigated the challenges of lockdown and remote learning before and can do so again, with even greater success. 

We will communicate further in the coming days including resources and recommendations for sustaining our wellbeing through the lockdown period. 


Best regards, 


Anthony Avotins 

Acting Principal 


Dear students, parents and carers, and staff


Please note that The Premier has announced today that all students at all government schools are expected to return to onsite learning from Wednesday 28th July.  As of 4:30pm,  there is no Department of Education update regarding the particular settings for schools, but we can expect them to be similar to those of our last return to onsite teaching and learning. We will keep you updated about any adjustments to arrangements/restrictions as they come to hand.

Below is an outline of some of the COVID-safe and infection control measures that were confirmed during a State-wide Department of Education briefing at midday today.

Please note the following arrangements and expectations

  • Masks must be carried at all times. Masks are mandatory for anyone 12 years and over and must be worn indoors and outdoors except if an exception applies. 
  • Social distance requirements. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-student areas. 
  • The expectation is that students will use hand sanitiser on entering the building and each classroom.
  • The Canteen is open for service to staff and student for both direct service and via online ordering
  • At this stage we ask parents, carers, contractors and visitors to not attend the school. Hopefully this will change in the near future as we return to more normal settings.

This is becoming a familiar process for us all, and we look forward to the return of students and staff to the building tomorrow morning.  Student attendance, everyone's wellbeing and eventual return to the full learning program remain our key priorities.

Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

Planning for events continues to be challenging during the pandemic and particularly during lockdown and remote learning. Insofar as is possible at this point in time, this update communicates arrangements for forthcoming school activities and events.


  • Schools have been advised that the GAT (General Achievement Test) will now be held on Thursday 12 August for all students enrolled in a VCE Unit 3/4 subject

  • The VCAA has also indicated that a Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process will be applied VCE Unit 3/4 Subjects to account for the disruption to student learning caused by the pandemic. Limited information can be found on the VCAA Covid-19 page

  • Thursday August 12 will also be a Curriculum Day and is a pupil free day (other than for students sitting the GAT)

  • Parent/student/teacher conferences for students in Years 10-12 will now occur solely via Zoom on August 4. Newly appointed Assistant Principal Jo Sayer will communicate further early this week about how to book and access appointments. This decision is made given the likelihood  of continued restrictions on movement and public gatherings.

  • A range of camps, excursions and other events are currently being rescheduled - in particular our X-C and Downhill ski camps. At this stage, it is unclear what restrictions schools and students will face from next Wednesday. Our aim is to try and ensure that all planned events are able to occur, albeit rescheduled or adapted. Communication will be made directly to groups involved by event organisers as we navigate a course through restrictions, organisational adjustments and Covid-19 safety planning requirements.

Please also remember to explore the valuable wellbeing advice and supports for students and parents respectively, as communicated by our well being team last week via News Feed.  

While I take some planned leave in the coming weeks, Anthony Avotins will be Acting Principal. Thanks to Anthony, and to Nick Taylor who takes on overall responsibility for students in Years 7,8 &12; and to Baden Small who will look after students in Years 9,10 &11 among other duties.

We anticipate that we will be able to provide additional guidance and advice on Tuesday about remote learning or returning to onsite learning.

Our school community continues to do a remarkable job in meeting the persistent challenge of the pandemic. I am confident that we will continue to do so, and can look forward to  a gradual relaxation of restrictions and a return to the activities and experiences we have been missing in lockdown and remote learning.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

Principal


Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

Following today's announcement of the extension of the current lock-down for a further 7 days, I can confirm that remote learning will continue until next Tuesday July 27. Public health guidelines will then be reassessed and further information provided about school arrangements from Wednesday July 28.

I want to to thank students, teachers, support staff and parents and carers for the confident and constructive approach in the swift pivot to remote learning on Friday. Feedback has been consistently positive from teachers, with students consistently engaging with their learning and communicating effectively through Zoom and other technologies.

We are conscious that each student and family will have a different experience in lockdown and remote learning. Our aim is to understand and support all of our community through the challenges we continue to face. If parents and carers have any concerns, in the first instance please contact your child's Year Level Coordinator. School staff will be keeping a watchful eye on student wellbeing and engagement with learning, and will refer concerns internally or make contact where needed.

Students are reminded to:

  • Check the Compass Lesson Plan for every session, every day
  • Log on to Zoom for each session (and leave their video screen on) to check in with their subject teacher. Please be aware that teachers are marking rolls for each class.
  • Communicate with their teacher for support or help with class work to ensure tasks and activities are completed
  • Check the Student Remote Learning page for general advice, help and guidance
  • Make sure they continue to move and get some exercise outdoors each day, consistent with public health guidelines.

Parents are reminded to:

  • Use Compass to enter absence for students who are unwell /unable to participate in remote learning classes.
  • View the Parent Remote Learning page for general guidance on supporting remote learning
  • Contact and/or email to  Anthony Avotins at avotinsa@phsc.vic.edu.au 0475 961 023 if you need to access the limited on-site learning program for vulnerable students; the children of essential workers; or students with a disability (Please note this latter inclusion is new for this remote learning period from July 21 2021.) Access the revised On-site attendance form here.

Camps and Excursions

Regrettably, the Year 11 Snow Sports and the Y8 Cross Country ski camps scheduled for next week will now have to be rescheduled/revised. Subsequent camps and events (e.g. concerts, performances information nights) may also have to be deferred or postponed. We are nonetheless determined to do all we can to ensure these activities and co curricular events proceed. Further advice in relation to these camps and events will be provided directly to participants in the coming days.

Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews

Given the current lockdown restrictions we have decided that all Parent Student-Teacher conferences (Years 10-12)  scheduled for August 4 will be held remotely via Zoom.  It is unlikely that restrictions will have been relaxed sufficiently by this date for parents to attend on site. We are confident that this approach can again work well - it will be very similar to our arrangements for the equivalent PST conferences in August last year. Further advice on booking these session will be provided early next week.

VCE Assessments: SACs and the GAT

With the extended period of remote learning teachers will be considering remote assessments in discussion with the Senior School Team in the coming week. Some SACs may be held remotely (especially at Year 11). Whilst it is our preference for Year 12 SACs to occur onsite, there may be some situations where Year 12 SACs occur remotely.

Students will need to pay careful attention to your class teacher, the SAC calendar and communications from the Senior School Team about the timing and conduct of these assessments.

Please note that we are expecting further communication from the VCAA about the scheduling of the GAT (July 29) given the extension of lockdown and remote learning for another week.

Curriculum Day - Thursday 29 July

We currently have a Curriculum Day scheduled on July 29 to coincide with the GAT (already postponed from late Term 2). Please note that if the VCAA further postpones the GAT (as seems possible) our Curriculum Day will also be postponed. 


With the wild, woolly and wintry weather outside we can hopefully batten down the metaphorical hatches and outlast the delta storm for one more week.


Best regards

Trevor Smith.

Principal




Dear students, parents and carers, and staff


With the announcement late this afternoon by the Premier of a 5 day lockdown, the school is moving again to remote learning, starting tomorrow - Friday.

Students were alerted to the prospect of remote learning at the end of the school day and will be well prepared for the change.

Expectations and  arrangements for remote learning are the same as for our previous lockdown period in May-June this year.


All VCE classes will be conducted as scheduled commencing period 1 tomorrow. (Friday). Students should check their Compass Lesson Plan for details for Zoom sessions and work to be continued, completed or commenced.

All other classes will commence from period 3 tomorrow (Friday) This will allow teachers to adjust their lesson planning to the remote learning context.

Again, students are expected to check their Compass Lesson Plan and join their class via Zoom with rolls will  marked based on those joining their Zoom session.


If a student has difficulty accessing their Zoom session they should alert their class teacher by email. A reminder that our Remote Learning Page has a raft of resources and information relevant to remote learning for students, parents/carers and staff.

A program for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers will be provided on site. Please contact Anthony Avotins on avotinsa@phsc.vic.edu.au or call the school on 9389 0600 if you need to access this option.

All instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals will continue via Zoom commencing Period 1. Students should check their Compass Lesson Plans for Zoom links and other lesson resources.

We have successfully navigated the challenges of lockdown and remote learning before and can do so again, with even greater success.

We will communicate further in the coming days including resources and recommendations for sustaining our wellbeing through the lockdown period.


Best regards,


Trevor Smith

Principal


Dear students, parents and carers and staff

I hope everyone has had a thoroughly restorative break and is enjoying Melbourne's burst of winter sunshine.

Student absence due to border restrictions

We acknowledge that due to the current situation nationally, some students may be returning from a designated orange or red zone and be required to undertake home-based quarantine on return. 

The Department of Health has sent a text message to Victorians who have recently returned from red zones to contact the DET COVID-19 Hotline if they have school aged children at home. If your family is in this situation, please email Anthony Avotins at avotinsa@phsc.vic.edu.au to advise how long you expect to be in isolation. Alternatively, you may contact the Department COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 338 663. This will help us understand and plan what measures we need to take to deliver educational programs for affected students for the first few weeks of term.

A reminder that parents, carers, and visitors must continue to adhere to density limits, follow face mask advice and check in using the QR codes when entering school grounds.

Key health messages

 Face masks

  • School staff (primary and secondary) and secondary school students aged 12 or older:
    • are not required to wear a face mask while at school (or when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program), when interacting exclusively with staff and students from their school
    • must carry a face mask at all times, unless a lawful exception applies
    • should wear a face mask indoors at school when interacting with external visitors, including parents/carers and staff/students from other schools.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles. This includes travelling to and from school on public transport or in a vehicle with others not from your household.
  • School staff and students must also abide by face mask requirements when attending public venues.  

Parents, carers, and visitors must observe indoor face mask requirements. Face masks continue to be recommended outdoors when 1.5m physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

QR codes

  • Parents entering the school building must do so through the main foyer and check in using the school's QR code
  • Students should, where practical, check-in via a QR code service when travelling to and from school on public transport.
  • Students are not required to check-in via a QR code service when travelling on private school buses or disability transport services, however bus services will be keeping records of students and staff accessing these services should this information be required for contact tracing.

Camps and overnight stays advice remain the same

  • These can take place across Victoria with no travel restrictions. 

 Travel advice

Travel restrictions between states and territories and in some remote areas of Australia are currently in place. These restrictions are implemented by individual state and territory governments and are subject to change at very short notice.

Currently, Victoria has listed a number of states and territories as orange and red zones, meaning any Victorians returning from:

  • orange zones must obtain an orange zone permit to enter Victoria, isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they get a negative result
  • red zones must obtain a red zone permit to enter Victoria, travel directly home upon arrival, get tested at the required time points (within 72 hours of arrival and on or about day 13 post arrival) and quarantine for 14 days.

There are currently no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

Trevor Smith

(Principal)


Dear students, parents and carers, and staff


Thank you for your support in observing public health and Department of Education guidelines since the return of all students to onsite learning.


Please be aware that next Tuesday June 22 is our annually scheduled Semester 1 Report Writing & Assessment Day (a pupil free day).

We have deferred its confirmation until now in light of the extended period of remote learning, and to see if there would be any impact from a revised General Achievement Test (GAT) date (also a planned as a pupil free day).

However, we have had no further advice from the Victorian Assessment and Curriculum Authority (VCAA) about a new date for the GAT. Therefore, we can now confirm the Report Writing Day for next Tuesday.


Following announcements in the media today about the relaxation of some lockdown restrictions, we also hope to be able to communicate soon about details of adjusted Covid-safe arrangements from Friday.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

Dear students, parents and carers, and staff

Year 10 Work Experience

We regret that given the challenges presented by the recent circuit breaker lockdown, remote learning period and current public health context Year 10 Work Experience has been postponed to the last week of Term 3,  September 13-17. However, we anticipate that this will allow more students to organise meaningful and authentic work experience settings whilst maximising the likelihood of already arranged work experience proceeding later in the year when public health restrictions are expected to be further relaxed. Therefore, next week regularly scheduled Year 10 classes will proceed (except for Tuesday 22 June which is a pupil free Report Writing Day). 

There will be follow up communication to Year 10 students and parents tomorrow regarding contacting your work experience provider.

For further clarification or advice contact Margaret Fry frym@phsc.vic.edu.au Pathways & Careers; or Baden Small smallb@phsc.vic.edu.au , Middle School Leader. 

Year 9 Grow Week

Most Year 9 Grow Week activities will be postponed to the last week of Term 3 - September 13-17 (or other dates subject to confirmation, during Term 3).

However, the Morrisby Career Profile activity will continue as planned next Monday June 21 during periods 1-4. Consequently, there will be regularly scheduled classes for Year 9 classes on Monday period 5&6,and all day Wednesday to Friday next week (note Tuesday June 22 is a pupil free Report Writing Day).

For further clarification or advice contact Margaret Fry frym@phsc.vic.edu.au Pathways & Careers; or Jamiel Sabbagh sabbaghj@phsc.vic.edu.au  Year 9 Coordinator.


Best regards

Trevor Smith

(Principal)