This page provides updates and advice in relation to Villanova College’s response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. In order to ensure Villanova College delivers an informed and comprehensive response, we are briefed by Queensland Health, Education Queensland and supported by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

Key Advice

Illness:
If your child develops flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny or blocked nose, sneezing, fever, chills, heachache), please:

  • keep your child at home;
  • avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children;
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84); and
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions.

It is imperative that parents and families inform the College as soon as possible that on medical advice a member of their household is being tested for Covid-19. Please contact the relevant Student Services Office – Junior, Middle or Senior School. While awaiting results, students are to remain at home and once results are clear, can return to the College. 

Hygiene:
It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow; and
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.

Non-essential activities: cancellations and postponements

The College Leadership Team has made the difficult decision to suspend and postpone non-essential activities and events from Monday 16 March until further notice.

This will mean the following events will be suspended or postponed.

  • Principal’s Tours
  • Debut Concerts (Music) – 17 and 19 March
  • Year 12 Retreat – 30 and 31 March
  • Junior School STEMFEST – 2 April
  • Year 12 Mentoring Breakfast – 2 April
  • Rugby and Football Camps – 4 and 5 April
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – 20 April
  • Year 9 and Year 10 Camps – 28 April – 1 May and 11 – 13 May respectively
  • P & F Mothers’ Function – 8 May
  • Year 6 Mother and Son Dinner – 30 April
  • Mission Day – 22 May
  • Open Day – 27 May
  • Year 5 Grandparents’ Day – 9 June
  • Grandstand opening and Old Boys Heritage Round at Villanova Park – 13 June
  • Staff/Senior Banquet – 19 June

Where possible events will be rescheduled to a time later in the year. However, this will not be possible for all postponed events as there are simply not enough dates available.

AIC Sport
(last updated 20 March: 9.30am)

The Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) Management Committee met on Thursday 19 March and announced the cancellation of all sport and activities effective immediately. This includes all training, trial games and games for the last round of Term 1 and for all of Term 2. The chess competition is included.

Please read the Statement here.

In preparation for a possible short-term or extended closure

  • All students will be required to take their textbooks and study materials home on Monday from their lockers and to bring all necessary materials for classes each day from home. Students are to take their laptop home each night.
  • If the decision is made to temporarily close the College, we will inform all parents via email or SMS message. It is imperative that all parents ensure that contact details are up to date in Parent Lounge.
  • The College is well placed with online learning platforms, Moodle and OneNote to ensure the continuity of learning in the case of a temporary closure of the College.

Continuity of Learning

Please refer to the March 17 email sent by the College for general information around the continuity of teaching and learning in the event of a College closure.

Teachers will continue to communicate with students through available means (email and Moodle forum etc). Parents and students must realise though that if teachers are at home, they may have their own set of circumstances that might impact on their timely responses to student / parent requests.

Teachers will provide work for each daily timetabled class. Instructions will be communicated initially by email to the student (and cc’ed to the parent), with possible links to other learning platforms or activities.

There is an expectation that students complete work set.

College Correspondence

Counselling Support During School Closure – 26 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 26 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 24 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 23 March 2020
Music Hygiene Procedures – 19 March 2020
COVID-19 Information for Parents and Caregivers – 18 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 17 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence re Non-Essential Activities – 16 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 15 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence (Sports Club Luncheon) – 12 March 2020
Correspondence to Instrumental Music Parents – 12 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 10 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence  (International Carnival) – 10 March 2020
Principal’s Correspondence – 6 March 2020

For further information and advice:

Queensland Health website
Australian Government’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health Alert
Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080
Advice for travellers