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The advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that it is now safe for students, teachers and support staff to return to face-to-face teaching and learning.

School is returning in two stages, with Prep, Year 1 and 2 students back at primary school. Year 11 and 12 students, and some Year 10 VCAL students, have returned to secondary schools like GSSC. From 9 June, remaining students will return to on-site schooling.

After all year levels have returned, remote and flexible learning will only continue for students with medical advice stating they are unable to attend school. For more details, refer to the pdf latest letter (272 KB) from GSSC Executive Principal Genevieve Simson. Further information on returning to school can be found at the Department of Education and Training.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.​  At Greater Shepparton Secondary College we acknowledge our role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories,  cultures, and futures within our community.

During this week we encourage you all to get involved.

Check out 20 ways you can be In this together in 2020

We are excited to be welcoming back our students. Careful consideration has been given to how we best manage the return to our school in line with the expert advice from our health authorities. We urge our school community to carefully read this pdf Return to School Letter (258 KB)  from Executive Principal Genevieve Simson. It provides important advice, answers questions and is aimed at ensuring we all take practical, important steps to keep our students, staff and school community safe and healthy.  

Monday, 25 May is a pupil-free day at Greater Shepparton Secondary College and at public schools across Victoria. There will be no provision for on-site learning on this day at GSSC campuses.

Years 11 and 12 students will return to the classroom from 26 May.

There will continue to be provision for Years 7 to 10 students who have applied and been approved for on-site learning until their return to the classroom from 9 June. Please note that these approved students should attend their usual campus from May 26. For example if you are a Year 7 student who has been approved for on-site learning next week, you will return to your McGuire campus.

Parents and carers of Years 7 to 10 students are reminded they must continue register in advance each week to access on-site learning until June 9. This is in line with strict protocols introduced by the Department of Education and Training for public schools across Victoria.

The application form for the week of 26 May - 29 May is available  document here (130 KB)  or on our Compass student management system. It must be completed and emailed to GSSC by Wednesday, 20 May. Parents will be notified of their application's success or otherwise by the close of business on Friday, 22 May. All students accessing on-site learning will attend the Wanganui campus.

All students who can study from home must study from home, except for students in the following categories:

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised from home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, in cluding: children in out-of-home care; children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm; children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability)
  2. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Year 7 vaccinations will go ahead at the McGuire campus of GSSC on Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22. Parents and carers must have their child's consent form filled out and must book an appolintment in advance through Compass. The consent form was sent home with children in Term 1 before health restrictions forced the cancellation of vaccinations at that time. If you require a new form, you can pick one up at the Wanganui campus front office, which is open during school hours.

For full information, including a step-by-step process to organise an appointment, refer to our pdf Year 7 Immunisation Letter (224 KB) .

Please note that Year 10 vaccinations will take place in June. Details will be provided  to parents in advance.

Executive Principal Genevieve Simson has written to parents, carers and students of the GSSC school community with important health advice and guidance on the return to school. The pdf return to school letter (199 KB)  includes information from Victoria's Chief Health Officer and the Department of Education and Training. It is also provided in other languages to assist parents from non-English speaking backgrounds. Please click on the link for  pdf ARABIC (148 KB) pdf SAMOAN (150 KB) pdf TURKISH (152 KB) , pdf DARI (201 KB) pdf SWAHILI (79 KB) or  pdf TONGAN (153 KB)  versions.

Parents in Greater Shepparton are now receiving Transition Packs from their Year 6 son or daughter's primary school. This is to assist them in placement in Year 7 for the 2021 school year. Applications for placement close May 29, 2020.

The current covid-19 situation means that we haven’t been able to schedule on-site Information Sessions and visits to McGuire Campus, where our Year 7 students normally attend school. However we will be hosting a series of virtual open nights with the first one scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday May 12. Executive Principal Genevieve Simson, Campus Principal John Sciacca and our Transition Team will be online to talk about our Year 7 offering and answer your questions in real time. Please join us on “Teams” at https://live.gssc.vic.edu.au

You can find out more about our Year 7 program via a  pdf welcome letter (298 KB)  from Ms Simson and Mr Sciacca and our  pdf promotional flyer (1.01 MB) . We also encourage parents, carers and prospective students to "meet" Mr Sciacca via the short informational video displayed on the Home Page of this website.

12 March 2020

Victorian government school students will begin a phased return to classrooms before the end of May, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer that it is safe for the community to do so

Since the beginning of Term 2, most children in Victoria have been learning remotely, limiting the number of people moving around our state every day to help slow the spread of coronavirus.The Government thanks parents, teachers and staff for their incredible efforts in helping deliver remote and flexible schooling this term and, in doing so, playing a vital role in flattening the curve of this pandemic.

These efforts, and the biggest testing blitz in the country, mean Victoria is now in the position to begin moving back to face-to-face learning in the classroom.

From Tuesday 26 May, all Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students, specialist school students, as well as VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning at government schools.

The next fortnight, and a pupil free day at all schools on 25 May, will give staff, schools and families time to prepare for the change.

Vulnerable students in years 3 to 10, and children in those years whose parents or carers cannot work from home, can continue to attend school on-site as needed during this period.

Students in the broader year 3 to 10 cohort will continue to learn remotely until Tuesday 9 June, to give the Government and the Chief Health Officer time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.

The Government will invest up to $45 million for enhanced cleaning that will occur every day at every school across the state for all of Term 2 and Term 3. This will help to reduce the spread of viruses and germs in schools and will include the cleaning of frequently used high-touch surfaces.

All Victorian school staff will be prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing for a two-week period from both mobile and fixed testing sites, starting today. This will enable school staff to seek testing during the preparation period before the return to on-site schooling.

Schools will be encouraged to implement a staggered drop-off system to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels.

Schools will also implement social distancing measures for all adults.The strict health protocols that are already in place will be followed if a member of the school community tests positive for coronavirus.

Parents and carers are reminded they must register in advance each week to access on-site learning during Term 2. This is in line with strict protocols introduced by the Department of Education and Training for public schools across Victoria.

The application form for the week of 18 May - 22 May is available  document here (131 KB)  or on our Compass student management system. It must be completed and emailed to GSSC by Thursday, 14 May. Parents will be notified of their application's success or otherwise by the close of business on Friday, 15 May. All students accessing on-site learning will attend the Wanganui campus.

All students who can study from home must study from home, except for students in the following categories:

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised from home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, in cluding: children in out-of-home care; children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm; children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability)
  2. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

 

Good partnerships between parents and carers, students and schools are vital to students succeeding and thriving at school. For Greater Shepparton Secondary College, this begins with the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Parents in Greater Shepparton are now receiving Transition Packs from their Year 6 son or daughter's primary school. This is to assist them in placement in Year 7 for the 2021 school year. Applications for placement close May 29, 2020.

The current covid-19 situation means that we haven’t been able to schedule on-site Information Sessions and visits to McGuire Campus, where our Year 7 students normally attend school. However we will be hosting a series of virtual open nights with the first one scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday May 12. Executive Principal Genevieve Simson, Campus Principal John Sciacca and our Transition Team will be online to talk about our Year 7 offering and answer your questions in real time. Please join us on “Teams” at https://live.gssc.vic.edu.au

You can find out more about our Year 7 program via a  pdf welcome letter (298 KB)  from Ms Simson and Mr Sciacca and our  pdf promotional flyer (1.01 MB) . We also encourage parents, carers and prospective students to "meet" Mr Sciacca via the short informational video displayed on the Home Page of this website.