Remote Learning Information for parents

Tuesday 14 April 2020

As we begin Term 2 we are faced with arguably the greatest challenge facing our world for generations. You are by now aware that for Term 2 school will be delivered remotely with an exception for children whose parents can’t work from home (e.g. health workers) and other vulnerable students identified by the school. I acknowledge this is not easy for parents who are trying to work from home while trying to supervise their children but this is a health crisis, not one of convenience, and therefore the measures are put in place to keep everyone healthy, St Andrew’s staff included. Therefore, please don’t be offended if we are asking you for evidence that students can’t be at home as school is only operational for the two exceptions above.

Thank you for your co-operation to date, over the holidays we have continued to work on preparing for the term and I am confident we have done our best to be ready, at the same time I acknowledge that things won’t be perfect and I ask for your understanding and tolerance. We will continue to evaluate our plan over the term and make changes as we learn and improve.

Please refer to the attached Remote Learning Plan for Families with information about how we will be aiming to deliver your child’s learning this term. The timetable is a suggestion, please do your best but dont make learning at home a family battleground. Try your best!

During this term the following measures will be in place.

  • All school gates will be locked and no access given without ringing the school office ahead of time – 9741 3686.
  • All enquiries are encouraged to be via phone or email ( rather than in person
  • The school office hours have been adjusted to 8.30 – 3.45
  • All visitors to the site will be required to sign a declaration which will be filed to assist with tracing should it be deemed necessary.
  • Only students who have registered to attend school via a weekly School Attendance Intention form will be permitted to be at school, without this registration students will not be allowed on site.
  • Physical distancing will be expected at all times and hand sanitiser is provided and should be used when visiting the school.

Families who have indicated they don’t have access to a computer or the internet will be contacted by a member of staff for arrangements

Friday 17 April we will be distributing Learning Packs to families from the covered areas outside the school office. These packs contain additional learning tools for students during this period of remote learning. This will be by appointment only via the Parent Teacher booking website, this information and booking code will be distributed at the beginning of term.

Michael Gavaghan

Remote Learning Pack pdf



Thursday 9 April Update

Term 2 Remote Learning Arrangements

Dear Parents,

I hope all St Andrew’s families are well and managing this difficult time as best you can.

Yesterday the Victorian Government & the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria decided that for Term 2 all Victorian students who can learn from home must learn from home. Schools are able to make exceptions for children of parents who cannot work from home, specifically parents in  emergency and essential service occupations.

The school program will be adjusted and children attending school will be completing the same learning program as the children learning remotely. While at school, those students who are attending school will be in classrooms of no more that 10 students with supervising teachers alternating each day. During this term the school will be operating on the minimum staff as it takes to provide a duty of care for those students in attendance.

To assist us to make arrangements for the start of term I ask that each family completes the attached survey ASAP.

I can also confirm that Camp Australia will continue to provide Before and After School Care for any child attending school. Camp Australia will also be providing a school closure day program on Tuesday 14 April. Please contact Camp Australia via their website for bookings.

Happy Easter

Michael Gavaghan



Monday 23 March 2020


On Sunday, the Premier of Victoria, Mr Daniel Andrews, announced the decision to bring forward the school holidays to begin on Tuesday 24 March.
This was endorsed by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) to apply to all catholic schools.
Therefore students of St Andrew’s Primary School will finish school for the term at 3.15pm today.

At this time, students will return to school for Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April but we have also been asked to prepare for the possibility that this may change.

As this period is defined as school holidays, teachers are not expected to be preparing work for students however teachers have already provided some online learning resources or learning packs to those who had requested them.

The extension of the holidays has been made in the interest of public health and safety as well as to provide time for schools and teachers to prepare for the possibility of distance and remote learning, these arrangements will be communicated to families at the beginning of term 2.

I ask all families to monitor the website, , Skoolbag app and REMIND for updates during the holidays.

Stay in  touch with news from the school office with Alerts through the St Andrew’s School ‘Skoolbag App’  simply download the free Skoolbag App from your ITunes or App store : St. Andrew’s Catholic Primary Werribee  SACPSWerribee)

The Parent’s Association Hot Cross Bun Drive for Wednesday has been cancelled as a result of this decision and money will be refunded on our return to school.

I have had parents approach me to say thanks for keeping the school open and for keeping the students safe and healthy.
These sentiments have been much appreciated as this has been a difficult time for staff. I’d like to express my appreciation to the staff who have been so focussed on continuing to provide their very best to the students and our community.

I have also heard stories of the impact that the social isolation policies are having on our families, a number of jobs have already been lost. Our thoughts are with everyone at this time.

Please stay safe and considerate of everyone during this difficult time.

Kind Regards

Michael Gavaghan

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