Dear members of the Marcellin College community,

It is an honour and a privilege to take up the position of Principal of Marcellin College, Bulleen.  I have a long association with the College and I am looking forward to working with you all.  I take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Mr John Hickey, for his leadership of the College in 2020.  It was a challenging year with many difficulties and yet John still ensured that my transition and induction to the Principalship of Marcellin College was seamless.  I look forward to building on the strong foundations of our college and to adding my own skills and talents in the service of our young men.

In Let Us Dream, Pope Francis writes “This is a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities—what we value, what we want, what we seek—and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of. God asks us to dare to create something new.”  In his characteristically pastoral way, Pope Francis urges us to move out by seeing, judging, and acting with the Holy Spirit, responding to God’s ever-present challenge: “Dare to create something new.” 

This year at Marcellin College, we will continue to work on our initiatives that enhance learning at our College as we ‘dare to create something new’, just as Saint Marcellin did some 200 years ago.  Staff have spent time preparing for our students’ return as well as spending time analysing data to ensure our practices are well grounded and current. We are also looking at some options at our senior levels for some remote-learning experiences to ensure that we remain skilled and innovative in this area given the reality that we will be adapting to COVID-19 for some time to come.

In welcoming all to the new school year, I would particularly like to welcome all those who are new to our College in 2021, especially our Year 7 students and their families as well as those new to other year levels.  It was wonderful to see so many parents attend our Year 7 Welcome session in the functions room and the energy was palpable.

I look forward to meeting you throughout the year and pray that 2021 will be a productive year where we can all come together to appreciate each other face-to-face.  

Students with underlying conditions (such as hay fever or asthma)

We will continue to update our community as we receive information regarding COV-19.  If a student has persistent symptoms due to an underlying condition such as hay fever or asthma, I recommend parents and carers consider a medical certificate from your son’s doctor.  It would simply need to confirm that it is safe for them to attend school with persistent symptoms that may overlap with some of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough or runny nose. 

The guidelines state that a student should still be tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms that are different to or worse than their usual symptoms.

New guidance on face masks

Following the Government’s announcements regarding new statewide restrictions that came into effect at 11:59pm on Wednesday 3 February, there is new guidance for schools regarding the wearing of masks. People aged 12 and over must wear a fitted face mask when in public indoor spaces unless there is a lawful reason not to.

Students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask indoors when at school, unless they are attending a primary school, an Outside school hours care (OHSC) program or an exception applies.

Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school or attending an OHSC program are not required to wear face masks.

School staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching or caring, but those who wish to do so, can. Staff must wear face masks in indoor areas of the school when not teaching or caring.

Visitors to school sites must also wear masks when indoors. Please ensure anyone on your school site is aware of the updated face mask requirements.

Further advice regarding these measures will be provided when available.

Practice good hygiene

All staff, students and visitors to schools should continue to:

  • undertake regular hand hygiene
    • particularly on arrival to school
    • before and after eating
    • after blowing their nose
    • coughing, sneezing or using the toilet.

Sharing of food is not recommended. Where this occurs, individual portions should be encouraged alongside strict hand hygiene.

Use non-contact greetings (not shaking hands, hugging or kissing)

Ensure the highest hygiene practices amongst food handlers where these services are operating, as per Safe Food Handling Guidance.