Book Week 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s Book Week this week, let’s have some fun with the children, and nurture a love of reading! The theme for this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

On Tuesday there will be a Livestream performance for all student beginning at 10.15. Teachers will provide information to the students about access.

We thank Mrs Josie Briffa for her organisation of the week’s activities, made all the more difficult due to remote learning.

Lockdown Restrictions – CARE & SUPERVISION PROGRAM

Further to the Victorian Government’s announcements over the weekend, I ask your co-operation in implementing the restrictions in an effort to bring the current outbreak under control.

The Government has closed Childcare except for the children of essential workers to minimise movement. We continue to offer a care and supervision program for children of permitted workers and those who may be vulnerable. It is not for parents to decide to send their child to school because they’re bored or similar reasons, this only increases the movement of families around the community during this time.

This is the wording from the Catholic Education Commission Victoria School Operations Guide.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, schools will continue with remote and flexible learning until Thursday 2 September, except for students in the following categories:

Category A

  • Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
    • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/ carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

Category B

  • Children experiencing vulnerability, identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable

From Wednesday 18 August, parents and carers will only be able to request on-site supervision for their child/ren in Category A if they hold a permit as an authorised worker.

  • A copy of a permit/s must be submitted as soon as practicable after issuance for those seeking Category A on-site supervision.
  • A permit is not required for accessing on-site supervision under Category B.
  • In rare circumstances a parent/carer does not need a worker permit. This includes law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification.

At St Andrew’s children will only be able to be registered in the Care and Supervision Program if both parents provide their permits, or in the case of single parent households, the parent provides their permit.

All families using our Care & Supervision Program must have registered their children via the Skoolbag App eForm, On-site Intentions Form.

We totally understand this is not an easy time for households but we are doing our best to comply with the Health Orders of the Victorian Government. 

If anyone is unsure please contact me at


Children in primary schools are now encouraged to wear face masks however this is not mandatory. If your child is attending the Care & Supervision program then please consider your child carrying a facemask.


SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS – Thursday September 2 & Friday September 3

These days have been previously advertised and will continue whether the lockdown continues or not. There will be no remote learning on either of these days.

CAMP AUSTRALIA will be running a full day program for students on these days who may otherwise have been eligible to use the Care & Supervision program. Families will need to register with CAMP AUSTRALIA and book their child/children in via the Parent Portal.
There will be no cost to families for these days.

Please take care and stay safe

Michael Gavaghan



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