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Dear parents, carers and students,

I am writing about the situation in Shepparton after staff members at a local business tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to reassure you that no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been detected on our school site and that our school remains open.

It is important we all continue to follow the health advice from the experts. Our school will continue to work closely with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Education and Training (DET) should any cases in our school community arise.

Please refer to the below information from DHHS and follow the instructions. For more information visit the DHHS website.

If you or anyone in your household visited the sites specified in the fact sheet from DHHS you are potential close contacts and should get tested, even if you don't have any symptoms.

High-risk locations in Shepparton

The high-risk locations in Shepparton residents and visitors should be aware of are:

    • Central Tyre Service, Welsford Street Shepparton from Wednesday 30 September 2020 to Tuesday 13 October 2020
    • Bunnings Warehouse, Midland Highway Shepparton Friday 2 October 2020
    • McDonalds Shepparton North, 175 Midland Highway Shepparton Saturday 3 October 2020
    • Mooroopna Golf Club Members Bar, Sunday 4 October and Pro Shop and Members Bar Sunday 11 October
    • Shepparton Market Place Medical Centre, Midland Highway Shepparton Thursday 8 October 2020 
    • Lemon Tree Café, Fryers Street Shepparton 
    • Thai Orchid Restaurant, Nixon Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    • Bombshell Hairdressing, Fryers Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am

If you visited one of these sites, you are a close contact, you need to be tested and quarantine. We ask also those also in your household quarantine with you.

Please call the GV Health hotline on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm for further instructions.

More information

I am aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. For more information regarding coronavirus and schools, please visit the DET website or call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, available 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.

For health advice in other languages visit

I will continue to keep you informed.

Yours sincerely

Genevieve Simson

Executive Principal

Leonie and Ellie Simpson

Now entering her final term of her final year of school, Ellie Simpson’s education has come full circle.

A student who struggled in her middle years – including needing to repeat Year 8 – Ellie will soon be joining Greater Shepparton Secondary School teachers as a classroom assistant in her last months of Year 12.

“She has done a huge amount of high-quality work on her own and we’ve run out of assignments for her to do!” McGuire campus teacher Katrina Essex said.

“This will give her a head-start on her future studies.”

Ellie is completing the challenging Senior Level of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). From next year, she plans to earn her Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE.

“The teachers messaged me and asked if I wanted to work with them next term in helping to tutor Year 7 students who are having some difficulty in class,” she said.

“This is what I eventually want to do in primary schools so it will be great experience for me.”

Ellie will certainly be able to bring empathy and understanding in helping younger students who are struggling – she’s been there herself.

Mum Leonie said Ellie had Selective Mutism, a childhood anxiety that manifests in certain social settings. Sufferers typically communicate fine in comfortable and secure surroundings but can struggle in other circumstances, like at school.

“Ellie would go to school and just want to stay out of sight,” Leonie said. “She wouldn’t ask questions and would really stress about who she might have lunch with or where she might be sitting in class, rather than learning.”

The stresses of school saw Ellie go from Mooroopna Secondary College to Shepparton Christian College and back to Mooroopna, which further disrupted her education and made forging friendships difficult.

Leonie said Ellie’s second stint at Mooroopna was better, with sister Jessica attending the same school and improved support and understanding of staff.

However it was the formation of Greater Shepparton Secondary College, resulting in Ellie’s transfer to McGuire Campus this year, that saw her blossom into a high achiever and VCAL award winner.

“The teachers have been really encouraging and a great support,” Leonie said.

Unlike many of her classmates, Ellie said she also enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of remote learning in her final year. She is now looking forward to putting some Year 7 activities she had developed as part of her studies into action next term.

Ms Essex, Year 12 VCAL literacy teacher, said Ellie’s pathway to Senior VCAL studies had been a little different and more difficult than most students.

“But it’s a perfect fit,” she said. “Ellie is so talented and we’re looking forward to her working with our less confident Year 7s.”

Ellie plans to earn her Certificate IV in Education Support at Shepparton TAFE next year, where she can help out with the family business on weekends.

Leonie and husband Rowan operate It’s Party Time Jumping Castles with Ellie, Jessica and youngest daughter Rachael all lending a hand. They are hopeful the easing of Coronavirus restrictions will make for a busy summer ahead.