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Principal Update to Parents & Carers


UPDATED 5 April 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

As we celebrate Palm Sunday and the commencement of Holy Week I hope that you are safe and well. The past few weeks have been very challenging at a range of levels and we pray that everyone is safe.

Since our last communication, Catherine McAuley College staff have been busily preparing for a remote learning setting and determining the logistics of how that will function. At this point we do not know what the exact details are for the start of term two. We are waiting to be advised by the State Government and by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria of the contingencies and directions. We expect this announcement to be circulated early this week.

What we do know is that the staff will be working either remotely or on site from next Tuesday 14 April and students will be doing something similar from Wednesday 15 April. Once we have been directed, we will send further information to students and families.

Through the break we have received updates every day, a final direction will be a blessing so we can prepare and know of the specifics. At the moment the general consensus is that students and staff will be working remotely at the start of the term. Even today media channels discuss further measures being planned by the Victorian Government to restrict the risk. So, one would assume that will be the situation for schools through the coming weeks.

Once again when we know the detail you will be informed and the planning and preparation for a remote learning environment can be activated.

Please stay safe and remember those who are vulnerable and suffering in your prayers through Holy Week.


Brian Turner

UPDATED 23 March 2020

In line with the State, we will be concluding Term 1 classes today, Monday 23 March 2020, and commencing the school holidays early. This short notice may cause inconvenience for families, but we need to follow State advice…

UPDATED 21 March 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

The State Government has declared this coming Friday (27 March 2020) and the first day of Term 2, Tuesday  (14 April 2020)  to be student-free days so that teachers can prepare for remote learning.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, Mercy Education Ltd and the Sandhurst Diocese are supporting this positive initiative.

Please keep track of these ongoing changes and thank you for your great support through very trying times.

If you need further information please email


Brian Turner

UPDATED 20 March 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians of students from our Mercy Education Ltd schools,

Mercy Education, on behalf of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, is the governing authority for twelve Mercy schools, including your child’s school. Mercy Education undertakes this role with your Principal in leading this school and supporting the dedicated staff in partnership with the Catholic Education Office…

UPDATED 19 March 2020

Today there are well in excess of 300 students who are absent across both campuses and there are a growing number of staff who are also absent…

UPDATED 17 March 2020

My apologies for the constant flow of information. Making sense of it can be a real challenge and we can only imagine the confusion for our children, let alone for adults. Firstly, I want to thank the numerous members of our community who have made individual choices to isolate their families to reduce the risk of infection. Some families have taken extraordinary measures to protect others and have been in open communication with the College. Communication, clarity and facts are the most important details we need….

UPDATED 16 March 2020

I write to update you on how Catherine McAuley College is responding to the extraordinary situation unfolding regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is evolving, we will keep you updated as things change. Our first priority remains the health and safety of our school community…