March 23rd, 2020
Dear Koo Wee Rup Secondary College community,
I write to you during these challenging times to thank you for all your support of your children and for our college and wider community.
The college has been working very hard to keep college life as normal as possible for our students, staff and parents. It is important at this time that you take the time to be together as families and support groups.
The department of education has been working with all schools to prepare for the possibility of remote teaching and learning. As a consequence my staff are engaging in professional development that will assist them interact with your children if this possibility becomes a reality.
While the school holiday period has been moved forward to Tuesday 24 March our teaching staff will be engaged in the above work.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the community of Koo Wee Rup Secondary College all the very best and look forward to school resuming on Wednesday April 15.
Tuesday April 14 still remains a state-wide pupil free day.
Please note that the Victorian Chief Health Officer will advise us on whether the transition to flexible and remote learning and support should commence on the first day of Term 2 closer to that date.
During this week, Koo Wee Rup Secondary College has the responsibility to provide care and supervision programs for students under the care of essential services workers. We also have a responsibility to students who are vulnerable, this includes children in out-of-home care and children identified by the school as vulnerable.
For families that qualify for this category and need to send their children to school we will be staffing a care and supervision program during normal school hours. Examples of essential services may include health, police, corrections and emergency services workers.
There is no obligation for students who are children of essential workers or students who are vulnerable to attend school this week.
The college office will be open on Tuesday the 24of March. To confirm your child’s requirement of the care and supervision program please contact Koo Wee Rup Secondary College by 12.00pm on Tuesday 24 March to and confirm organise your child’s placement.
Please keep in mind the department of education has deemed Friday 27 March as a state-wide pupil free day. As such the care and supervision will only operate until Thursday 27 March.
Felix Patton, Principal
FOR STUDENTS IN SENIOR CLASSES WHO WILL BE DOING WORK THIS WEEK
In order for students to learn remotely, they need to ensure that they are regularly checking both Compass and their school (Office 365) email. Teachers will be providing digital learning experiences and students will be able to contact their teachers through their school email. If any student is unsure about how to access their school email, there is a link to an instructional video on their Compass news feed.
All VETis classes are cancelled this week.
SWL will not go ahead this week. It is officially school holidays for students from today and SWL does not occur during school holiday periods. The VCAL students who were present today were told this. They were also told that it is vital for them to call their employers to inform them of this school decision.
Work experience is cancelled. No placements to go ahead in June.
who have made arrangements already will be required to contact employers to
inform them that the school has chosen to cancel work experience in June. No arrangements
can be made for alternative dates at this time.
- There may be a possibility for Year 10 Work Experience later in the year but no decision can made about this at this point in time.
FOR INSTRUMENTAL AND MUSIC STUDENTS
Instrumental music teachers will be in touch with their students and will be using Skype and Zoom to do online learning. It is essential for music students to commit to daily practice in order to maintain their technique.
FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED STUDENT WELLBEING SUPPORT OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Immediate assistance – 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
- Life line – 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 or visit www.kidshelp.com.au
- Southern Health – ELMHS Psychiatric Triage Service– 1300 369 012
- Ambulance, Police or Fire – 000 or 112 (some mobile networks)
- 1800 Respect: 24/7 line which people can call for advice about family violence or sexual violence. It is run by counsellors who can do referrals.
Other help and support
- Beyond blue information line – 1300 22 4636 – will operate 24/7 for anyone needing information on depression, anxiety, etc.
- Eheadspace – a service for young people aged 12-25 years providing help from a trained professional either by phone 1800 650 890 (9am to 1am), live on-line chat or email at www.eheadspace.org.au (7 days per week, 9am to 1am)
- Headspace – helping young people through a tough time at www.headspace.org.au
- ReachOut.com – Australia’s leading youth mental health service at http://au.reachout.com
- My Place youth facility (5-7 Main St. Pakenham) – see www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/youth