Dear Parents, carers and community members,

It has been a slow and steady start to term four. Having completed the GAT, students and staff are gradually returning to onsite learning and we continue to ensure our community is safe as possible. Safety and wellbeing continue to be a priority for this term with a continuation of strict COVID -19 practices – masks, social distancing, sanitising, own water bottles and restricted visitors to the school. This does not mean that we do not want to hear from you or talk to you. So, please call or email if you have a concern or wish to discuss any matter.

The Year 12 students of 2020 have experienced a year like no other. Often we think of and acknowledge what they are missing with the cancellations of many of their key milestones.  Our junior students have also missed out on the leadership that our senior students provide in setting the culture and expectations of what lies ahead. Younger students have not heard of the continual reference to SACs and study periods, or watched their school captains relay the important lessons that they have learnt about their time at Mooroolbark College.  Today we celebrated the achievements of our Year 12s in their Covid Safe Graduation Ceremony.  It was different from previous years but it was very special. It was a beautiful occasion where we celebrated the growth and kindness of this group of remarkable and group of young adults. We wish them all the best with their upcoming exams and transition into work.  I encourage all our students to prepare thoroughly over the next few weeks.

We were very glad to see the return of our newest students, the year 7s, and are equally excited to see the return of Year 8s – 10 on Monday.  The students will notice a great deal of change around the college.  The build is making considerable progress; there are new toilets, new lockers and a brand new canteen menu.  Most importantly return to onsite learning will consolidate the progress that has taken place remotely through winter.  I want to recognise all Mooroolbark College for their perseverance in remote learning.

As we settle back to a new normal, I would like to thank the community for their continued support, and look forward to seeing what the end of year brings in terms of student work and celebration.

Ann Stratford