COVID-19 News

School Update: 13/5/20

Staged Return to Face-to-Face Teaching

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. Following
advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a
phased return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage , students in Prep – Year 2, VCE and VCAL, and Supported Learning; will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day. Big
Childcare will operate on this day for primary age students. If you require care for your child/ren please contact Big Childcare to make a booking.
The June 9 Curriculum Day that was approved by School Council prior to the on line teaching program, has been cancelled to reduce further disruption to student learning.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, Year 3 – Year 10 students will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students in Year 3 – Year 6 who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period. All other students in Year 3 – Year 6 will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.
Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/ren home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we are not expected to support their learning from home.
This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact the appropriate person from the following so an appropriate plan can be developed:
Primary – Tsering Sherpa: Email:
Secondary Yr 7-8 – Billy Vasilevski: Email:
Secondary Yr 9-10 – Wayne Abrahams: Email:
Secondary Yr 11-12 – Krystal Jessop: Email:
Supported – Francesca Ahearn: Email:
This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced
cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing. If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, or an immediate family member is unwell, the student must not attend school. They must remain home and you need to seek medical advice.

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools. Further information about our future operations follow this letter. We will provide more detail once developed and agreed to.

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the
Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our
students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College Principal

Summary and Tasks that community members should organise in preparation for return to Face to face teaching:
Contact the appropriate school leader if your child will be unable to return to school because of a medical condition.
Contact the appropriate school leader if you believe you, (as a parent), need to enter the school grounds to assist your child enter the classroom.
Discuss with your child/ren hygiene approaches to optimize their wellbeing as well as other members of the school community.
Organise your child’s supplies that may be required – soap, wipes, sanitisers, water bottle/s.
Develop drop off and pick-up strategies that do not include adults entering the school grounds.

School Leaders and Teachers:
Continue to inform the community of updates, any changes to the return to school arrangements, and the operational arrangements to maximise student, staff and community safety.
Plan for the return to face to face teaching.
Make plans to provide effective learning programs for students who cannot return to school because they are medically vulnerable, and determine if we can provide an ongoing on-line program for students whose parents choose not to return their child/ren for face to face teaching.

Practise their hygiene practices, eg, hand washing, avoiding contact with mouth, coughing into an elbow or tissue for disposal etc.
Prepare their resources for a return to school – work books, text books, pens, rulers, calculators, etc.

The following information relates to the information above. Each sector of the school will communicate with families over the next few days more specific information relevant to each sector of the school.
As Manor Lakes P12 College is a large and multi –sector school, we have carefully considered our personal circumstances. There will be substantial changes to how the school operates and some families will need to adapt practices to assist the issues around the coronavirus pandemic to keep all as safe as possible.

Risks about the proposed return to school have been discussed and initial plans developed. If further information or instructions come to light, these will be reviewed against our current planning and parents will be informed of the changes to be made.

There will be no excursions, assemblies, sporting activities, and other large gatherings in Term 2.

If your child/ren are unwell, they must not come to school. You must keep them at home and away from others.
If parents or other people in the home are unwell, children must not be sent to school.
We ask all parents to communicate with their child/ren how important it is to inform your parent/s or guardian or teacher, if you are feeling sick.

When dropping off and picking up your children, parents are not to enter the school grounds. If you require an exemption, eg, your child has limited mobility, please contact the relevant person from the list below to be considered for an entrance pass.
Primary – Tsering Sherpa: Email:
Secondary Yr 7-8 – Billy Vasilevski: Email:
Secondary Yr 9-10 – Wayne Abrahams: Email:
Secondary Yr 11-12 – Krystal Jessop: Email:
Supported – Francesca Ahearn: Email:

Students must be at school on time, this means, they must enter the grounds by 8.40am at the latest.

Adult social distancing rules still exist. Parents should not call into the office to make general enquiries, hand over items to be passed on to students, or drop students off via the office.
The administration offices will be locked, and access will be by appointment.
General enquiries should be by phone or emailed to:
Communications to teachers will need to be mailed to the school or passed on by students.
Lunches or lunch orders should be supplied to students. Lunches should not be brought to the office staff to be handed on to children. If a student does not have a lunch, an emergency lunch will be arranged, (sandwich and fruit).

If a parent needs to speak with a teacher or staff member, this should preferably done via email, zoom, webex, or phone call. If a parent has an appointment to meet with a staff member, they will need to attend either the Burley Griffin Administration Office for Primary and Supported, or Victoria Administration office for Secondary at the time arranged with the staff member.

The school has a responsibility to ensure that strict hygiene approaches are followed:
Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently used high-touch surfaces such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps, and handrails at regular intervals throughout the day with a detergent solution or detergent/disinfectant wipes.
We have been informed the playgrounds will be sanitised on a daily basis. They will be open for students, but limited numbers at each playground will be considered and if necessary, implemented.
Reminding students to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and using hand sanitiser when entering classrooms and at regular intervals throughout the day, particularly before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
Covering coughs and sneezes with one’s elbow or a tissue
Placing used tissues straight into the bin
Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
Not sharing food or drink.
Conducting regular audits of toilet facilities and cleaning supplies.
Closure of all communal water fountains/bubblers. All students will need to have their own water bottle at school each day.
Phys Ed and active play will be allowed and encouraged, however all students will be spoken with to ensure they do not engage in contact activities during their active play. For example, shooting for goal at the basketball ring is encouraged, actively scrimmaging for possession of the ball will not be allowed.
There are hand towel dispensers and hand sanitiser in every classroom.
Parents are encouraged to provide hand sanitiser and wipes for their child’s personal use. The school will be providing hygiene products such as wipes, soaps and sanitisers. A personal supply for a student would be for their sole use and mean they would not be required to use the school supplied, communal hygiene supplies.

Parents and carers of children and young people with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice from their health practitioner to support informed risk assessment and decision-making regarding the suitability of on-site education for their child. The school will support any family with extra needs in this area.

Manor Lakes P12 College is committed to doing its best to support the needs of our community and keeping everyone safe. A feature of the current situation has been that things have been fluid and circumstances can change very quickly.  The school will continue to monitor events and is ready to make any further changes that become necessary.
If you would like to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the principal class.
Thank you for your dedication, tolerance and consideration over the past weeks. There was much learned from the experience and we hope that elements of this learning can be applied to our future teaching.

Kim McCabe – Primary Principal
Natalie Vulic – Primary Principal
Daniel Condon – Primary Assistant Principal
Chelsey Marks – Primary Assistant Principal

Renee Liprino – Secondary Principal
Penny Owens – – Secondary Assistant Principal
Sam Watkins – Secondary Assistant Principal

Francesca Ahearn – Supported Principal

Coronavirus Update Week 1 Term 2

Dear Families,
As you are all aware, term 2 has begun in strange circumstances given the closure of government schools as part of the Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Education on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer has stated, ‘all children who can learn from home must learn from home.’
Teachers have been developing the learning from home platform and information has been sent to all families via Compass over the past three weeks. I hope that everything goes smoothly, though the reality is there are almost certain to be issues and these will be addressed as quickly as possible. (I see Compass ‘fell over’ this morning).
I wish all families well with the Learning from Home program, and school leaders will support if contacted.


Staff, (Teachers and Education Support), have been instructed by the Department and the industrial bodies to not be on site unless essential, and if they are here, to minimise the time they are on site. This means class and subject teachers will not be available other than through the online platforms and they will be available from:

Primary: 8.30am – 1.30pm each day. (emails after 1.30pm will be responded to when teachers are free over the next days).

Secondary: 9.00am – 4.30pm each day. (emails after 4.30pm will be responded to when teachers are free over the next days).

Supported: Times as previously emailed to parents.



As with other staff, the office is operating on a skeleton staff. There have been numerous phone calls over the past two days and the office is unable to answer all of them. If you call the office and fail to have your call answered, please try at a later time, your patience with this is appreciated. (We are waiting for a message service to be added to the answering service, and there should shortly be alternative numbers available to call, diverted to staff operating rom home).

If you have queries on the following subjects, please email the query to the relevant section and a response will be provided as soon as possible, this may not be the same day.


ICT, eg Compass access:

Primary online learning: or

Secondary online learning:

Supported online learning:


ICT Support:

A number of parents have been contacting the school over the last 24 hours to get access to their compass accounts. This has resulted in a significant backlog. The ICT staff are not on site, however, they will address this remotely. Login resets for Compass will be provided as they become available, but given the volume of requests, this may take a few days.


On line Learning:

Teachers have planned lessons to be delivered on line. Instructions to access the online learning have been communicated to families. If a family does not have internet access, or does not have a device to access the online learning, paper copies of the learning are now being made available. To collect a paper version, please contact the relevant sector leader and a pack will be prepared for you to pick up.

Collection of paper packs will be by arrangement and student names will be on the pack.

Pick up times:

Primary – Friday 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Burley Griffin

Secondary – Monday 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Victoria administration

Supported – Friday 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Burley Griffin


Secondary: or



Support for Families:

If a family is unable to provide care for their primary child, supervision is available at school. This supervision is only for:

– essential service workers where there is no one available at home to look after a child.

– students referred to the school by DHHS where the student is at risk remaining in the home during the day.

The supervision of students who cannot learn from home will be very different from a normal school day. Classes will be mixed year levels, a maximum of ten students, students will be spread around the room, recesses will be a break, but play will be limited to non-contact and non-ball sharing games, playgrounds are closed, and teachers will be whichever teacher is available and in many instances will be a CRT. Students will be working on the online learning programs planned by teachers, there will not be an alternative program developed.

If a family requires assistance with supervision during the school day, the relevant sector principal must be contacted.





Out of School Hours Care:

The before and after school care program is currently running and parents of primary age students can book children in through the usual process.


Phone: 8682 9400


Entering the school:

The Victoria Office and the Burley Griffin office have both been fitted with doorbells. The doors will remain locked and if you have an appointment eg, to pick up a paper pack of learning, please ring the bell, and when the door is answered let the person know the purpose of your visit. You will be asked to use the sanitizer in the air lock before entering the foyer to collect a pack. If there are a number of parents waiting to collect materials or meet with someone, please maintain the expected social isolation distancing.

Please email if you require clarification about the above or queries regarding other matters.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College

8/4/2020 School Update for PRIMARY Families

Dear Primary Families,
Thank-you for your patience as we move to Learning From Home next week.

We have set up Google Classrooms and Mathletics for each class. Next Tuesday, you can expect an email from your child’s teacher which will include:

  • Simple, step-by-step instructions to support you setting up Google Classrooms and Mathletics.
  • Google Classroom usernames and passwords were sent home last term, and will be re-sent again this Tuesday.
  • New usernames and passwords for Mathletics

For now, the only thing to do is set up a space and check there is a device and internet for your child to use.

We have been humbled by the many messages of support over the last few days, thank-you.

Natalie Vulic, Kim McCabe, Chelsey Marks and Daniel Condon
Primary Co-Principals and Assistant Principals

Manor Lakes P-12 College – PRIMARY
Learning From Home, Term 2 2020

How will I access the Learning From Home?
Compass email will be sent ready for the start of each week with a Weekly Overview of the week ahead.
Compass email will be sent ready for the start of each day with a more detailed Daily Schedule.
Both of these emails will also be added to your child’s Google Classroom.
Please note, these will be sent the afternoon prior, and will be sent from the Classroom Teacher.

What does the Learning From Home Program look like?
The following are the daily minimum guidelines schools are expected to meet:

1. For students in Prep to Grade 2, schools will provide learning programs that include the following:

  • literacy activities that take a total of about 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy activities of about 30-45 minutes
  • additional learning areas, play-based learning and physical activity of about 30-45 minutes.

2. For students in Grades 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 10, schools will provide learning programs allocated as follows:

  • Literacy: 45-60 minutes
  • Numeracy: 30-45 minutes
  • Physical activities: 30 minutes
  • Additional curriculum areas: 90 minutes

What if I don’t have a device? Where can I collect hard-copy paper packs?
Where a device or internet connection is unavailable, the school will print Hard Copy packs to replicate the Online Google Classroom.
Please contact Kim McCabe if you will require a hard copy pack, including the child’s full name and class:

Packs can be collected from the Main Administration Office in Burley Griffin Building at the start of each week.
Please follow safety protocols – line up using the spaced marks on the path, press the door bell, enter one at a time,  sanitise in the air-hold, collect pack, sanitise again upon exit.
If you are unable to collect a pack at the start of each week, please contact one of the Primary Principals so arrangements can be made.
The same applies for collecting stationery items from student tubs*

When do I do Learning From Home with my child?
A general timetable has been set as:

  • Year Prep, One Two 9:30-11:00am and 11:30-12:30pm
  • Year Three, Four, Five, Six 9:30-11:00am and 11:30-1:30pm

These are the time­s your child’s teacher is also more readily available to respond to questions on email or through the messages on Google Classroom.
You are able to be flexible with the time of day your child completes a task depending on your home circumstance.

Who will be providing the Learning From Home Program?
Your child’s classroom teacher will provide the program.  They will be available each day to assist through emails, messages on your child’s Google Classroom and will also call you each week. In the event your child’s classroom teacher is unable to work, a Casual Relief Teacher will be organised.

Example Weekly Overview And Daily Schedule Year 2 2020

​School Update 8/4/20

Yesterday, the Victorian Education Minister confirmed arrangements for the operation of our schools in Term 2.
I wrote a school update for families attempting to summarise what the organisation will look like next term and the limited options available to parents. Following the publication of the update, the sector principals have received numerous requests and/or expectations that children will be attending school to be supervised. The attendance of any student at the school needs to be approved at least 24 hours beforehand, and this approval will only be given in exceptional and necessary circumstances. If a carer is at home, children need to remain at home. If a carer is working from home, this is not a justification to send a student to school to be supervised.
Many of our secondary students will be safer socially isolating at home and undertaking their online learning program rather than attending school for supervision. This will be decided by a parent with their knowledge of their child’s maturity and responsibility level.

The ‘shut down’ of schools has been done to maximise social isolation and carers should be making every effort to avoid sending their child/ren to school.

The following advice has been provided to clarify the situation at the present.
Teaching and learning
Remote teaching and learning will commence from the beginning of term 2. The remote and on-site teaching and learning programs are to be the same. The on-site program will be a supervision program of students doing the work prepared by their teacher that other students will be doing at home.

Staff attendance on site
The only students who are allowed to attend on site are:

  • children of workers, such as healthcare workers, who cannot work from home
  • vulnerable students
  • small groups of VCE/VCAL students who may be required to undertake limited practical learning activities for very short periods of time.

School staff must work from home, with only those who have agreed to deliver the on-site supervision program to attend the school.
No staff member can be compelled to attend on site, including principals and members of the school leadership team.
Staff who are medically vulnerable or live with a medically vulnerable person are not allowed to attend onsite for any purpose.
There will be a very  limited capacity for staff not involved in the on-site program to attend the workplace if they must for professional purposes (such as collecting learning materials) for very limited periods of time.
Social distancing and hygiene arrangements for staff and students must apply to any on-site attendance.

The clear expectation is that students should only attend school in exceptional and necessary circumstances. As the Education Minister stated in his media release yesterday, “As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, the message to students and parents of government schools is clear: all children who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances.”

It is clear that the delivery of the education program in Term 2 will be considerably different to the usual program.  School staff availability to students and parents/carers will be limited to the usual attendance time requirements, with no expectation that staff will be available outside of the usual attendance requirements.

In summary:
Supervision at school will be approved only in exceptional and necessary circumstances.
Supervision at school will mean a staff member is monitoring students doing the online tasks set by their teacher.
Class teachers and subject teachers will not be conducting teaching programs at school – they will be at home preparing and delivering their online program.
For the small group of students who may have to attend school because of extraordinary or necessary circumstances, social isolation policies will apply.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College

Update for Families 7/4/20

The latest Department of Education update was received today and has been widely publicized. The key message is – If a student can learn from home, they must learn from home.

To increase physical distancing across the population and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), children in Victorian government schools will move to remote and flexible learning and care at the commencement of Term 2.
This means that from the start of term two all students who can learn from home must learn at home.
The Department of Education has stated the following operating model will apply.

All students will be learning from home, except for students in the following categories:
a. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, including:
children in out-of-home care
children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
– children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).
b. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements set out below, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

For the small group of students who will fit into any of the above categories, (no supervision available at home, out of home care, children at risk of harm, vulnerable and referred by an agency), Manor Lakes P12 College will be organising staff to supervise these students at school where they will complete the online programs planned by students’ teachers. Many staff are unable to attend the school setting because of personal safety, eg secondary medical conditions. I will need to organise a roster of staff to attend, and this will depend on the number of students who need to attend the school. If a teacher is rostered to supervise students at school, their online delivery of lessons is likely to be disrupted. To minimise disruption to programs and to ensure adequate supervision is provided at school for those students who need to attend, we must be informed ahead of each day if a student will be attending.

If a student is attending, parents must contact the relevant sector principal and provide the principal with the category that requires the student to attend the school. If a student does not meet a category to attend, the student should be kept at home. Any student who does attend will still need to follow usual school behaviour expectations as well as adhere to social isolation guidelines Sector principals will require at least 24 hours’ notice to ensure adequate staffing levels are organised.

Kim McCabe:
Natalie Vulic:

Renee Liprino:

Supported Learning
Francesca Ahearn:

If families know they qualify under the categories above or want clarification, please contact the sector principal or me.

Out of School Hours Care – primary age students

Big Childcare will be holding a Student Free Day childcare service at Manor Lakes College on Tuesday 14 April Before and After Care at your school will commence from Wednesday 15 April
Big Childcare cannot offer additional supervision/care during the school day
Big Childcare assure us of the stringent hygiene and distancing practices in place at all of their centres.

Online Learning Program

If families believe they will have issues accessing the online learning program, eg no internet access, please contact a sector principal or me. Alternative arrangements will be considered on an individual basis.

Kim McCabe:
Natalie Vulic:

Renee Liprino:

Supported Learning
Francesca Ahearn:

College Principal
Steve Warner: Mobile 0425 729 304, Email:

Curriculum Day – Tuesday 14/4/20

At the end of last term, the first day of the term was declared by the department of Education to be a curriculum day and will be the final day for staff to prepare to implement the online learning program.

Wednesday 15/4/20

The online learning program will commence on this day. Further information will be provided before then with clear instructions for students to access the online program.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College
Mobile 0425 729 304

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