Melbourne Grammar School Updates

We are committed to keeping parents and other members of our School community informed about our activities and plans relating to the COVID-19 crisis.

Here you will find a summary of key Updates distributed to parents relating to COVID-19. New updates will be added to this page as they become available.

Announcement, 8 July 2020

Summary

  • Melbourne Grammar School’s Term III program will commence on Tuesday 14 July 2020, as planned.
  • Year 11 and 12 students will return to campus on Tuesday 14 July 2020.
  • Students in all other year levels will be participating in off-campus learning, commencing Wednesday 15 July. This means that students will not physically attend their normal campus and will undertake their learning at home.
  • The Boarding Houses will re-open on Monday 13 July 2020 for Year 11 and 12 students. Boarders in other year levels will participate in off-campus learning.
  • The School will provide supervision for children of medical and emergency services personnel who are operating at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Children at Risk and those children for whom parents are unable to make arrangements for their supervision, upon request.
  • The safety, health and welfare of members of the Melbourne Grammar School community, and those beyond continues to be our highest concern.

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Update, 11 June 2020

Summary

  • It was wonderful to welcome back students in Years 3 – 10 this week.
  • We are planning a staged return of some cocurricular activities, in line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer. These include APS Sport and Outdoor Education.
  • The creativity of staff and students during the period of off-campus learning has been impressive. Here are two videos of our Wadhurst Choir and Senior School Orchestra made during lockdown.

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Update, 4 June 2020

Summary

  • Thank you to our outstanding teachers for their work under difficult circumstances during the off-campus learning program, and for the support shown by parents.
  • A video of “thank you” messages from members of our School community was included in the Update.
  • Information about the return to on-campus learning for students in Years 3 – 10, which will occur next Tuesday 9 June, will be circulated to parents by the relevant Head of Campus.
  • The Australian Psychological Association has produced an excellent resource for parents about transitioning back to on-campus learning. It is available here.

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Update, 21 May 2020

Summary

  • The health crisis has asked us each to question what we most value.
  • Detailed information for the arrangements for all students, including boarders, is available here. myMGS credentials will be required to access this information. Parents are asked to read these documents thoroughly please.
  • A video relating to returning to on-campus learning is provided.
  • The current arrangements for the Head of Grimwade House will remain in place until Term III.
  • This reflection highlights aspects of the Bible that demonstrate the link between senses and relationships.
  • This article provides strategies for coping with changes associated with the return to on-campus learning.
  • The Update includes a book reading video and advice about Uniform Shop opening hours.

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Update, 14 May 2020

Summary

  • School Nurses make an important contribution to the health and safety of our students.
  • Nurses and other medical personnel are also playing a crucial role at this time and we thank them for their efforts.
  • All students in Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 11 and Year 12 will to return to on-campus learning on Tuesday 26 May.
  • All students in Years 3 to 10 are expected to return to on-campus learning on Tuesday 9 June.
  • The School will continue to provide on-campus supervision for children from Prep to Year 12 of, parents who are medical and emergency services personnel, families with special needs and for children at risk.
  • In line with the State Government approach, Monday 25 May will be a staff day, with no lessons (on campus or off campus) planned for that day.
  • The health and wellbeing of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority.
  • The Update includes two videos – one focusing on pastoral care, and one which is a book reading.

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Announcement, 12 May 2020

Summary

  • The Victorian State Premier has announced a plan for a return to on-campus learning for Victorian schools. The full statement is available here.
  • Melbourne Grammar is now considering the best arrangements for the return to on-campus learning for our students in light of the parameters outlined by the Premier.
  • The health and wellbeing of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority.
  • We will keep parents and students informed about the proposed implementation.

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Update, 7 May 2020

Summary

  • As we celebrate Mothers Day, we can also celebrate the progress that has been made in overcoming female stereotypes and eliminating discrimination across our society, noting that more work is needed.
  • Relationships lie at the heart of who we are as human beings. Congratulations to those people who have identified new ways of interacting due our current social distancing arrangements.
  • In the light of Victorian Government directives and guidance, the Melbourne Grammar School Council will make decisions relating to any return to on-campus learning based on recommendations from the School Executive in which the safety, health and welfare of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority. The current restrictions are to be reviewed by the Victorian Government on 11 May 2020.
  • Melbourne Grammar School is part of a group of leading schools from around the world, the G30 Schools Group. We are sharing ideas, resources and plans relating to COVID-19 and other matters.
  • We will be continuing to provide care for children of medical and emergency services personnel who are operating at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Children at Risk and those children for whom parents are unable to make arrangements for their supervision.
  • 2021 Term Dates are now available on the School website here.

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Update, 30 April 2020

Summary

  • My interest in the natural environment and the great outdoors was flamed through my experience in Outdoor Education when I was a student at Melbourne Grammar. I encourage all families to delve into new resources created by our Outdoor Education staff which contain plenty of ideas about how Outdoor Education can be adapted to an urban environment.
  • Thank you to those parents who responded to our survey about off-campus learning last week. We have reviewed your feedback, as well as those of our students and staff. While the results indicated a high level of satisfaction with our off-campus learning program, support and activities, we have made some modest modifications to our program in line with your advice.
  • In the light of Victorian Government directives and guidance, the Melbourne Grammar School Council will make decisions relating to any return to on-campus learning based on recommendations from the School Executive in which the safety, health and welfare of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority. The current restrictions are to be reviewed by the Victorian Government on 11 May 2020.
  • We will be continuing to provide care for children of medical and emergency services personnel who are operating at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Children at Risk and those children for whom parents are unable to make arrangements for their supervision.
  • There are a multitude of new resources in this Hub this week, including cyber safety resources, and new items in the Health & Wellbeing section.
  • The School’s Uniform Shop is now online.

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Update, 23 April 2020

Summary

  • Anzac Day will be celebrated in Australia on this upcoming Saturday 25 April. With no local ceremonial activities this year, for many the day may pass in a similar way to the days before it. However, I encourage you to discuss the messages that Anzac Day brings with your family.
  • In the light of Victorian Government directives and guidance, the Melbourne Grammar School Council will make decisions relating to any return to on-campus learning based on recommendations from the School Executive in which the safety, health and welfare of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority.
  • We will be continuing to provide care for children of medical and emergency services personnel who are operating at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Children at Risk and those children for whom parents are unable to make arrangements for their supervision.
  • There are a multitude of new resources in this Hub this week, particularly in the Health & Wellbeing section.

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Update, 16 April 2020

Summary

  • This update includes a video statement by the Headmaster about the COVID-19 crisis and the responsibility each of us currently has to take care of ourselves and each other.
  • The ongoing importance of reading is highlighted, and a video of a book reading by the Headmaster is also provided.
  • The School has been advised of a useful resource for parents discussing the COVID-19 situation with young children and is available here.
  • The COVID-19 Resource Hub now includes a new support section based around faith and spirituality.
  • Advice about ongoing support for parents who are medical professionals and emergency services workers, and Children at Risk, is provided.

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Update, 9 April 2020

Summary

  • In his Easter message, the Headmaster highlights the importance of forgiveness, hope and caring for others.
  • A reminder that Classes will commence for all students on Friday 17 April. Sessions for VCE classes on Thursday 16 April have been extended to include Unit 1 & 2 studies.
  • Our staff have the expertise, experience and commitment needed expertly to guide our VCE students through the revisions to the VCE program established by the government.
  • We will be continuing to provide care for children of medical and emergency services personnel who are operating at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Children at Risk.

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Update, 8 April 2020

Summary

  • In light of the revised teaching arrangements and cognisant of the broader impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our families as well as other issues, the School Council has determined that rebates will be applied to Tuition Fees for Term II, 2020.
  • Boarding fees will not be charged while the Boarding House remains closed.
  • Existing levels of support will be maintained for students who currently receive a level of financial support through Scholarships and Bursaries.
    Additional support may be sought by families who may be immediately and severely impacted by the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Update, 2 April 2020

Summary

  • The School will continue to deliver its educational program through an off-campus learning mode in Term II. Classes will commence for all students on Friday 17 April. Pastoral care and VCE Units 3/4 sessions will be held online on Thursday 16 April.
  • The health and wellbeing of members of the Melbourne Grammar School community, and those beyond, is our highest concern. We believe this decision is in the best interests of our students, staff and families, as well as the broader community. Social distancing appears to be our best weapon against COVID-19 and it seems to be working.
  • We will be introducing a range of new initiatives in early Term II to further enable Melbourne Grammar School community members to stay connected with the School and with each other.

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Summary

  • I hope that all members of the Melbourne Grammar School community will find some time over the coming holidays to recharge through rest and reflection.
  • Be caring, creative and connected. This is my message to all community members. Care about others, as well as yourself, find new ways of thinking and try to remain connected to the people around you.
  • We are pleased to launch the COVID-19 Resource Hub website, which is designed to support students and parents through many of the challenges ahead.

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Summary

  • Congratulations to all those involved in making our first day of off-campus learning so successful.
  • The timing of school holidays announced by the State government today does not apply to Melbourne Grammar School. it is our intention that our off-campus learning program will continue for remainder of this week as planned, concluding at the end of the school day on Friday 27 March, at which time school holidays for Melbourne Grammar School will commence.
  • We will also continue to support healthcare providers operating at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency service personnel by caring for their children at the School, as previously arranged.

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Summary

  • We are making special arrangements for parents who are healthcare providers and emergency service personnel.
  • On request, we will provide on-campus (Prep – Year 10) student supervision for off-campus learning during school hours for the children of these parents from Monday 23 March until the scheduled end of Term 1 2020 on Friday 27 March.
  • Please contact us by 3pm on Friday 20 March to enable us to arrange this supervision.

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Summary

  • We are commencing a swift, phased transition to off-campus learning, closing our campuses to students a week before Victorian school holidays begin. Students have been informed of this decision today. [Note change to Victorian school holidays on 23 March]
  • We are not aware at this time of any confirmed case of COVID-19 within our student, staff or parent community.
  • We are hopeful that Term II will start as planned, but this will be monitored and assessed constantly over the coming weeks by the School Executive. We will keep our community fully informed.

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Summary

  • The Commonwealth Government has issued social distancing advice that bans social gatherings over over 500 people, along with further travel restrictions. Schools are to remain open at this stage.
  • We have cancelled a wide range of School gatherings, excursions and APS sporting activities.
  • We are ready to continue curriculum delivery online if a School closure becomes necessary. Staff and students have been advised to take necessary learning materials home at the end of each day.

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  • With the exception of 1st Team Sport, all other levels of regular APS sporting competitions (including Year 5 and 6) are cancelled for the remainder of Term I. [Note further update dated 16 March]
  • We have consulted with School doctors who advise, in line with government advice, a common sense approach. We will continue to monitor students and send home any who attend with flu-like symptoms, instructing them to seek medical advice.
  • In the event of a School closure, we are ready to continue curriculum delivery online. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority made provisions to ensure VCE students are not disadvantaged.

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Summary

  • The Australian Government’s travel advice and testing recommendations have been extended to include a number of new countries.
  • There is no evidence of community transmission, but cases of COVID-19 are expected in Victoria.
  • Melbourne Grammar will cancel or postpone any overseas trip considered to compromise the safety, health or welfare of students and staff.

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Summary

  • Students who have visited or had close contact with visitors to Wuhan City or China’s Hubei Province in the last two weeks are asked not to attend School for at least two weeks and be clear of any symptoms.
  • Students who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 must remain in isolation for two weeks and be clear of any symptoms before returning to School.
  • The above restrictions apply to parents and staff, and extend to School events.

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