Announcement, 7 September 2020

I write to inform you of Melbourne Grammar School’s response to the Victorian State Government’s announcements regarding COVID-19 restrictions yesterday. More details about these announcements are available here.

Our highest priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. While we are all keen to see our students return to on-campus learning as soon as practicable, the School must continue to follow the advice issued by the Chief Health Officer. In addition, there are significant financial penalties for organisations and individuals breaching the Victorian Government advice.

In keeping with these directions, and always subject to the latest advice from the Chief Health Officer, the following will be implemented at Melbourne Grammar School.

Monday 7 to Friday 18 September                                      

  • Off-campus learning will continue for all students.
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided.

Saturday 19 September to Sunday 4 October

  • School holidays will run as scheduled.
  • Trial Examinations (now online) for VCE Unit 3&4 subjects from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October.

Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October (First week of Term IV)

  • Students in Years 7 – 12 will continue with off-campus learning on Monday 5 October.
  • Students in Prep – Year 6 will continue with off-campus learning on Tuesday 6 October. That is, there will be no classes held for Grimwade House students on Monday 5 October in line with previously published Term dates.
  • Year 11 and 12 students will attend on-site for essential assessments during this week, including the General Achievement Test on Wednesday 7 October. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, there may be some slight adjustments to the way we run our SACS and trial examinations. The Head of Teaching and Learning, Dr Bryan Wood, will issue advice as soon as these adjustments are finalised.
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided in line with the dates for the students to return to off-campus learning, as outlined above.

From Monday 12 October

  • Students in Prep – Year 2 and in Years 11 and 12 will return to on-campus learning.
  • Off-campus learning will continue for all students in Years 3 to Year 10.
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided.

From Monday 26 October

  • Subject to the health advice from the Chief Health Officer, students in Years 3 – Year 10 will see a staged return to on-campus learning.

We are all deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on the families and friends who have lost loved ones, the hospital system, the economy and jobs. I also acknowledge the significant impact of an extended lockdown and the restrictions families are facing, the desire to resume normal on-campus operations, the lack of social contact, the impact on many people’s wellbeing and the frustrations that many people are dealing with as a result of these issues. In such challenging times, please do not hesitate to use the wide range of support and resources which the School has available to members of the School community. Please be reassured that we too wish to commence full on-campus operations at the earliest possible time.

Later this week Campus Heads will provide more information to students, parents and staff. We will continue to seek more detail from the State Government about their announcements and will keep you informed about our plans to support our community and the return to on-campus learning.

I appreciate the amazing job our students, parents, and staff are doing during off-campus learning. It is so pleasing to see the support, resilience and commitment that is evident across our School community. Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Philip Grutzner
Headmaster