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Message From The Principal - 15th July 2022

15th July, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the commencement of Term 3 approaches, and given the increase within the wider Melbourne community of positive COVID cases, I draw your attention to the following important requirements and recommendations outlined in the most recent Department of Education and Training Schools’ Operation Guide:

  • If your son develops COVID symptoms, he should not attend school and should undertake a Rapid Antigen Test. The School needs to be advised if a positive result is obtained.
  • Students who test positive must isolate for seven days.
  • Household contacts may attend school provided they test negative using a rapid antigen test on at least 5 out of 7 days.
  • Household contacts attending school who are over 8 years of age are required to wear a face mask indoors unless they have a valid exception.
  • Current advice from the Victorian government on the wearing of face masks is available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks:  It states:
  • Wearing a face mask can help protect you and those around you. Face masks stop droplets spreading when you talk, cough, sneeze and laugh, which lowers your chance of spreading or catching the virus.
  • It is strongly recommended that face masks are worn in indoor settings (noting that exceptions to the recommendation apply to teaching circumstances when clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential).
  • Adults and students aged 8 years and above, must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.

Further information regarding the process that needs to be followed if a member of your household tests positive is available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/im-a-covid-case-contact

Rapid Antigen Test kits will be available for collection from your son’s Head of House (for boys in Years 9 -12) and Middle School Reception (for boys in Years 7 and 8). Junior School boys will be provided with kits by their class teacher.

It is hoped that by minimising the risk of transmission by adhering to relevant recommendations and requirements as outlined above, we can maintain the full Scotch programme throughout Term 3.

On a personal note, I look forward to working with you and your son for the remainder of the year in my capacity as Acting Principal.

Yours sincerely,


Rob McLaren
Acting Principal