Info Hub

This information hub provides the Mentone Grammar School Community with the latest updates in relation to the School’s management and response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

Recent Announcements

Sunday 2 August

OFF-SITE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The School Executive met today to make an informed decision for our School following recent changes to school settings based on advice from the Premier’s Office. These restrictions will be in place for the remainder of Term 3 (until Sunday 13 September).

The summary below relates to various groupings within the School and the implications of these new restrictions:

Foundation to Year 10 – These students have been working in an off-site setting this term and will continue in that mode. There are no scheduled classes Friday 7 August as previously advised.

Early Learning Centre –

  • Normal hours and classes will operate on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 August. The ELC will then close after classes on Tuesday.
  • Parents who wish to be considered for the Essential Services program can make an application to Libby Chislett. Only those parents who fit the definition of ‘essential services’ are eligible for this program.
  • Teachers and Co-Educators will continue to make contact with families and students via Teams commencing Wednesday 5 August.

Years 11 and 12 –

  • Normal, on-site classes will operate Monday 3 August.
  • No VCE or VCAL classes will operate on Tuesday 4 August as our staff prepare for off-site learning as of Wednesday 5 August.
  • On Wednesday 5 August normal classes will resume in an off-site setting.
  • The VTAC Information Evening will be held online on Monday 3 August.
  • A reminder that there are no scheduled classes on Friday 7 August as previously advised.

Mentone Grammar will ensure that effective academic and wellbeing programs are in place throughout this time. We will also continue to be informed by the experts and follow their advice ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students. 

Contact with the School can be made via email: enquiry@mentonegrammar.net. We will continue to monitor this account closely and respond promptly.

We thank our Community for their ongoing support.

Tuesday 28 April 
COMMUNITY BUSINESS REGISTER

We are pleased to share with you the Mentone Grammar Community Business Directory.

The directory features family businesses in our School Community that we can support with our patronage at this time. 

While the current health crisis and social distancing restrictions are impacting local business, we do know the powerful and positive difference a supportive community can make. 

If you would like to register your business on this directory, please complete the online form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RV9X2WZ.


AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESS & HOUSEHOLDS

The Federal Government has asked Schools to help share the following information with our communities about the support that is available to families and businesses during these challenging times.

Please find below quick links to information on Government assistance for business and households impacted by COVID-19.

QUICK LINKS

Support Line: 13 28 46 or Business.gov.au 

Small or medium business with reduced cash flow  

Financially distressed businesses

Assisting economic recovery

Employ an apprentice or trainee

Sole trader that has lost business

Household finances hit by reduced work

Payments to support households

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au

Parent Resources

10 Useful Resources for Student Wellbeing

Healthy Habits for Positive Wellbeing During Social Isolation (pdf, 2.23 MB)

How to talk to your children about COVID-19 (pdf, 85.26 KB)

Offsite Learning Strategy (pdf, 610.05 KB)

Supporting Children Learning From Home (pdf, 205.04 KB)

FAQs

An off-site learning environment means that students will continue their learning at home, not at school. Teachers will facilitate student learning using a combination of online and take-home resources and platforms. This commences from Period 1 on Monday 23 March and will continue through to the end of Term 1 on Friday 27 March. 

Our off-site learning environment will conclude in line with the 9 June Return To School advice from the Victorian Government. 

If your child is unwell or has had contact with any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, please do not send them to School. 
Unwell symptoms include:
Fever
Cough 
Sore throat
Shortness of breath
Runny nose
Sneezing 
Vomiting

The School is currently conducting daily temperature checks to help monitor and protect our students, staff and Community.  

Please notify the School of any confirmed COVID-19 student cases on enquiry@mentonegrammar.net and follow government health guidelines about seeking medical advice.

Bayside Aquatics Centre will be closed from the last session on Friday 20 March until further notice. 

Please adhere to government travel restrictions and isolation protocols

The Performing Arts Department is now offering all private tuition, ensemble rehearsals and production rehearsals online from Monday 20 April 2020 (Week 2, Term 2) until we are back on site at Mentone Grammar.

Sessional music tutors will timetable students for lessons as normal, and students will be asked to let classroom teachers know in the chat section of their Microsoft Team class when they need to depart for their lesson (as they would on site at School). 

Bayview, Greenways and Frogmore students will receive lessons via Microsoft Teams and Eblana parents will be contacted directly to connect with students via Microsoft Teams also.

Students are required at scheduled ensemble rehearsal times as normal. Production rehearsals have been limited to one per week (in replacement of two) for the next fortnight, until we are able to appropriately review the Calendar. 

As we are conscious of the additional time that students are currently spending online, we have encouraged our staff to structure ensemble and production rehearsals to include some independent, screen-free work where possible. 

Sports training remains postponed until further notice. 

From COB on Friday 20 March, the Camp Australia service will cease until further notice. Holiday programs will not be offered while our campus is closed for public safety.   

Mentone Grammar uniforms are available at Noone's Hampton retail store on Monday - Saturday. For store opening hours, please visit Noone.  

The Mentone Grammar Campus store and the P&F Secondhand Uniform Shop are currently closed. We will inform you of opening dates.  

Key Contacts 

During this period, email will be the most reliable mode of communication. Please see below key contacts to help direct your enquiries. Please continue to email Mentors and Teachers directly about learning-related matters.    

General Enquiry: enquiry@mentonegrammar.net

Early Learning Centre: elc@mentonegrammar.net

Eblana Campus: eblana@mentonegrammar.net

Bayview Campus: bayview@mentonegrammar.net

Greenways Campus: greenways@mentonegrammar.net

Frogmore Campus: frogmore@mentonegrammar.net

School Counsellors: staff-counsellors-psychologist@mentonegrammar.net 

 IT Support: itassist@mentonegrammar.net

Enrolments Team: enrol@mentonegrammar.net

Finance Team: juliea@mentonegrammar.net

Bayside Aquatics: info@baysideaquatics.com.au

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