Principals' Report November 2021

We are in November and many of us are wondering where the year has gone! At the start of 2021 many of us did not expect to go into lockdown three times but everyone rose to the challenge and it is so nice to have everyone back onsite. 

Whilst the State Government announced last week that mask wearing in Victorian secondary schools no longer need to be worn inside or outside this is not a signal to become complacent and forget about all the COVID safe protocols we introduced as students started returning onsite. It is important that students maintain hand hygiene and social distancing, all breaks are still taken outside, weather permitting, all tables, laptops etc to be wiped down and no mixing of different cohorts wherever possible. The virus has not disappeared but vaccination levels are nearly at 90% and that is why restrictions are easing so let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Relocation plans are moving along, albeit slowly, and plans are well and truly underway for our school community to be able to meet the architects and view the plans for our new school. The tentative date is 3 December and it will be held at our current site for OHS and safety reasons. It is disappointing that you will not be able to see the new site at this time but there will be other opportunities in 2022. We have been reassured by the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) that we are still on track to start the 2023 school year at the new site.

Term 4 always has a number of starts and finishes. Our Year 12’s have all completed their studies including a few who participated in the external exams. After our VCE Review this year, as mentioned in an earlier newsletter, it was decided to give our VCE students a good head start on their studies. Year 11 VCE just completed the first two weeks of their Year 12 and this week all Year 10’s began their senior certificates which they will continue to do up until camp.