19 March 2020
St Andrew’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
A Special Message from the Principal
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

A Special Message from the Principal

St Andrew’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Dear Families,

As a staff team, in partnership with Father Joe and with the assistance of Catholic Education Melbourne, we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  As families are well aware the climate is changing rapidly and our ongoing focus remains the wellbeing of our students and school community. 


As a key part of our risk minimization strategy we will be postponing/cancelling/adjusting the following whole school events.  Please note that we are minimizing the involvement of all family members within school events, this includes involvement of parents helpers within the learning blocks and all other school activities. 





Date rescheduled to or Date to be Confirmed (TBC)

Wednesday 18th March

Social Justice Presentation – Philippines Journey – Paddy & Callum

Presented to Yr 3/4 &

Yr 5/6 students in smaller level meetings  


Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th March       


School Canteen


Mina & Volunteers



Friday 20th March

(No Assembly)

Sacrament of Reconciliation Reflection Day


Students, Staff & Fr Joe



Saturday 21st March

Parents & Friends (P&F) Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ

Cancelled by Bunnings due to OHS concerns

We sincerely thank Bunnings for the donation of a $500 gift voucher as compensation.

Monday 23rd March

Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews


Postponed – Date TBC

Tuesday 24th – Friday 27th

Holy Week Liturgies

Children/Staff - Daily

focus on Holy Week – shared 3pm across

P.A system


Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th March


School Canteen


Mina & Volunteers



Thursday 26th March

St Andrew’s Athletics Carnival

Children in groupings  & Staff

Kaboom Kid Sports

Morning activity with children participating in Year Levels


26th March

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Children, Parents & Staff

Rescheduled to Wednesday 20th May


27th March


School Concludes 2.30pm

Easter Egg Raffle & Bonnet Parade

Children, Staff & P&F members involved in the organisation of event

Logistics of the event to be confirmed

At this stage, students will conclude Term 1 on Friday 27th March (2.30pm).  This may be reviewed depending on the advice from Catholic Education Melbourne and the Department of Education.  We strongly encourage all family members to have the Skoolbag App installed on devices to ensure that you are receiving our regular notifications.

We stress that students should not attend school if they are feeling unwell and should remain home until symptoms are resolved.  Appropriate medical assistance should be sought. If your child becomes unwell at school, you will be called and requested to take your child home.    Family members are also strongly discouraged from attending the school site if feeling unwell.  Likewise members of staff will be diligent in their self-care and will remove themselves from the workplace should they become unwell.


Delivery of a ‘Home Curriculum’

If the school was to close for an extended period of time during the school term, teachers would provide appropriate activities for students to complete via digital platforms and hard copies.    We wish to emphasize that this is an unprecedented event and teachers will be doing their best to provide remotely for our students. We respect that it will be challenging having students and parents working from home so we aim to set work tasks that require minimal parent supervision. The main goal of the teaching and learning activities that will be provided is to create opportunities for the students to review, revisit and practice concepts and skills that have been previously taught. We will establish clear procedures whereby students can communicate and check-in with their teacher about the work. We request that students, where practical, not parents, manage the work tasks and communication with the teacher, especially students from Years 3 to Years 6.

Our normal teaching and learning program, like that of most schools, is not designed for remote learning. We will put in place the contingencies outlined above in order to maintain continuity in your child/children’s learning and to assist with the wellbeing of the whole community.  We are mindful that some families may not have access to the internet or a computer/device as to support the proposed home learning.   If this is the case, we request that you make your child’s class teacher aware of this, so alternative arrangements can be made.

We will provide further information to families if we are informed by governing bodies that school closures are to occur.  This communication will provide detail on the delivery of the home curriculum to students etc.

We will keep families updated with further information as the situation changes.  At the present time the school will continue to operate as usual with adjustments made to minimise the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19 and provide a safe environment for the St Andrew’s community.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 9551 5094 or myself via email at

Kind regards,

Paul Wakeling