Remote Learning - Term 2

Wednesday May 13th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I continue to be very grateful for the support from our school community during these past few weeks of remote learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.



Beginning Tuesday May 26th:

  • Year 11 and 12 students will return to school. This includes both VCAL and VCE.

  • Students in Year 9 or 10 who are undertaking a VCE or VCE VET subject should also attend for these classes where practicable.

  • Monday May 25th will be a pupil-free day to allow for staff to prepare for this transition.

  • Students in Year 7-10 will continue to be supported via our Remote Learning Program.

  • The current process and guidelines for on-site supervision will remain in place. If your child is already attending on-site please continue to follow this process. For families who require more information about this please click here or contact our office on 5352 4177 or email us at



Beginning Tuesday June 9th (following the Queen’s Birthday public holiday):

  • All students are expected to return to school and attend as normal.



  • Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

    • This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

  • An enhanced cleaning routine will be in place throughout the remainder of Term 2 and Term 3. Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser will be actively encouraged.

  • If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. If a student reports being unwell at school, families will be notified immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.

  • During drop off and pick up we ask that you remain in your vehicle. This is to avoid unnecessary congregation of people at the school.

  • Buses will run as normal for students.

  • Access to the school will be restricted for anyone other than immediate school staff and students.


This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.


We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:


Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely,


Ellie McDougall

Acting Principal

Additional Resources

Acting Principal :                        Ellie McDougall
Acting Assistant Principal :       Emma Henry
General Office hours:    8.15 am  to  4.30 pm   Monday to Friday

Ararat College is committed to Child Safety (Ministerial Order No.870) and takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the safety of our students is paramount.