COVID-19 News

UPDATE: Out of School Hours Care

Dear Families,

I have had requests for information about the availability of Out of School Hours Vacation care. I have had confirmation from BIG Childcare they do have permission to run a holiday program, (my prediction the holiday program would not go ahead was wrong). The provision of holiday care will be reviewed by the Chief Medical Officer and there is the possibility of the program being cancelled, but at this stage, the program commences during the school day from Wednesday 25/3, and hopefully will go through to the Tuesday 14th April.

Parents wanting or requiring holiday care can contact BIG childcare 8682 9400 for further information or pick up an information pack from the Burley Griffin office at school.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College


Dear Families,

The latest update from the Department of Education has just arrived. In summary:

  • The school holidays have been brought forward to commence from Tuesday 24th March. This is described as an unprecedented step in response to unprecedented circumstances. Students should be supervised at home.
  • The Department of Education has a responsibility to provide care and supervision programs for Primary and Supported Learning students who are the children of essential services workers who choose to send their children to school. Examples of essential services workers includes health, police, corrections and emergency services workers. The care and supervision for the children of essential services workers will be provided by a combination of CRT and available staff at school.
  • The Department of Education will be working with Out of School Hours Care providers to conduct a vacation care program for the children of essential services workers. If you are an essential services worker and you will require holiday program places for your children due to the State of Emergency, you are requested to contact me. The information collected will be used by the Department of Education to determine the level of provision of holiday programs required.
  • I am still waiting for information about whether vacation care programs will be running.
  • The Victorian Chief Health Officer will advise on whether the transition to remote learning will commence at the beginning of next term, Wednesday 15th April, or whether school will resume. This advice will be provided closer to the 15th of April.
  • Teachers will work from school or from home for the remainder of this week and they will be preparing their on-line learning programs.
  • The on-line learning program will be begin on Wednesday 15th April if school does not resume after the holidays.
  • Tuesday 14th April remains a curriculum day.
  • Students should collect their personal belongings from school this week. Parents will need to collect medications for their primary students, (secondary students can collect their own medication from First Aid). Collection of belongings can occur between 8.30am and 3.00pm each day, Tuesday – Thursday, and from 8.30am – 1.00pm on Friday.

I will continue to inform parents as further updates and information are provided.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College
Mobile: 0425729304


Monday 23 March:
Primary students – normal school day
Secondary students other than Year 12 VCE – no school, but come between 8.30am – 4.00pm to collect belongings from locker.
Year 12 VCE students – lessons are running

Tuesday 24 March:
School shut for all students. Teachers will be setting up on line learning to be implemented as soon as ready. Elements should be expected during this forthcoming week.

School will remain closed for students until advised.


Dear Families,

I have had follow up questions to my previous communication about the planned closure of Victorian schools.

Manor Lakes Secondary students do not attend school tomorrow because of the Parent Teacher Interviews. This means our secondary students will not return to school until the community lockdown is over which will be announced by the government in the future.

Some secondary students and parents have asked about access to their lockers to get personal belongings. Secondary students are welcome, and advised, to attend school to collect their belongings between 8.30am – 4.00pm tomorrow (23/03/2020). If there are other opportunities in the next few days I will advise this in my next communications.

If/When you do collect your belongings from your locker, please follow the personal space guidelines, ie, leave a personal distance of 4m between yourself and another student, this may mean waiting for another student to get their belongings before opening your locker. When you collect your belongings, please do so as promptly as possible and follow the community lockdown procedures that are being provided by the government by leaving the school grounds.

Students will receive communication from teachers with information about how on-line learning will take place. If this does not occur this week, it will be after the holidays. Details about the on-line learning program and timing will be sent to families as soon as possible.

Again, I wish all our community well and look forward to school resuming soon.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College




Dear Families,
I have not received an official update from the Department of Education, but it appears quite certain tomorrow will be the last day of school for at least the next three weeks. My understanding at the moment is the holidays have been extended by a week, but this is based on media reports only.
When I receive official information from DET, I will forward this to families and continue to update in the future as I am given additional information.
I will communicate further, but I wish all well and hope all members of our community remain in best health and I look forward to school resuming as close to normal as possible in the near future.

Steve Warner

Manor Lakes P12 College
Mobile: 0425 729 304


Manor Lakes Community Centre Closed

Just a reminder that the Manor Lakes Community Centre is currently closed until further notice.

A number of parents choose to send their children to the community centre after school. Please be aware that from today 20/3, there will be no adults to supervise the children.

Big Childcare can be contacted on 8682 9400 for alternative arrangements for your child.

Manor Lakes P12 College response to COVID19

Update 18/3/20 re Manor Lakes P12 College response to COVID19.


Dear Families,

I continue to have advice forwarded to me from the Department of Education. This advice has not changed substantially.

  • If a student or staff member has symptoms of COVID19, they should not attend school and should seek medical advice.
  • If a student or staff member is tested for COVID19, they are to remain in self isolation until they have their results.
  • Students and staff who may be at increased risk due to underlying health issues or other reasons are encouraged to seek medical advice about the steps they can take to protect their health and wellbeing.

If the medical advice for a student with an underlying health issue is not to attend school, parents are requested to contact a member of leadership so suitable assistance can be provided for learning continuity.


Daniel Condon:

Chelsey Marks:

Kim McCabe:

Tsering Sherpa:

Natalie Vulic:


Wayne Abrahams year 9 & 10 students:

Krystal Jessop year 11 & 12 students:

Renee Liprino:

Penny Owens:

Billy Vasilevski year 7 & 8 students:

Sam Watkins:


Francesca Ahearn:

Joseph Beech Alliance leader:

Michelle Fastuca Secondary leader:

Emma Hyett Primary leader:


  • Schools in Victoria remain open until they are instructed to close by the Department of Health. A closure has occurred at one government school in Victoria so far.
  • Teachers are reminding students about appropriate hygiene practices to minimise infection. These are:
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
  • dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
  • wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet, and before eating.


In my last update to families I listed strategies adopted by the school. Some of our hygiene expectations have been compromised by the difficulty in accessing supplies of soap, sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. Limited supplies are available, but we have been unsuccessful in accessing enough to effectively manage hygiene practices.

I recommend families assist by:

  • provide their child a bar of soap in a zip-lock bag they can take to the bathroom
  • provide their child with a personal supply of disinfectant wipes in a zip-lock bag, up to 20 would be sufficient for a few days, to be used to wipe surfaces they may be required to use, eg shared keyboards/tables
  • provide their child with hand sanitizer to use as required.

The school will continue to source hygiene products and these will be used as the first option, with any personal supplies from students as a back-up when school supplies are exhausted or insufficient.


Students in face masks

I have observed a small number of students, mainly at primary level, wearing a face mask. The advice provided by Department of Health is:

Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Victoria for the prevention of infections like novel coronavirus.

Follow Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education guidance regarding safe hand and respiratory hygiene practices.  The easiest way to protect yourself and your community is to pay attention to good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene

The main purpose of a face mask is to prevent an unwell person spreading an infection, or to protect a medical practitioner who is consulting with a number of patients who could be infected with an illness. If a student is wearing a face mask, parents will be contacted to check if the student should be at school and to request parents get medical advice.



A number of families are opting to keep their children at home as a preventative measure. The following school work options are provided for parents who choose to do this and want school work for their children.

Teachers cannot provide full programs for students who are being kept home through parent choice. The current focus of teaching staff is providing classroom programs. If the school is instructed to close, the focus of teachers will switch to providing online learning programs. It is unreasonable and unrealistic for me to expect teachers to run two teaching programs at once.



  • Revise and continue work from text books
  • Study and revision of prior learning
  • Personal reading – novels, non-fiction, current affairs
  • Reading of English texts

Teachers will post the current topics to be studied, parents and students, should refer to these to identify personal research.




  • Use Handwriting Text Book


  • Practice SMART Spelling Words


  • Practice automatic response, addition, subtractions, multiplication and division facts (timetables).
  • Measurement facts (millilitres to litres, kilograms to tonnes, millimetres to centimetres, etc…)
  • Estimation of time, distance, weight, volume, then measure


  • Personal Novels, Non-fiction, current affairs (subject to age),
  • Continue Author Study exploration
  • Access digital resources through Manor Lakes Community Library


  • Diary/Journal writing, Writer’s Notebook,
  • Author Study Writing Innovation,
  • Genre writing

Teachers will post the current topics to be studied on Compass, including Individual Learning Goals.

Parents and students should refer to these to identify personal research.