From Wednesday 5 August, ALL students in Victoria will move to remote and flexible learning. Schools, including specialist schools in metropolitan Melbourne, will remain open for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers.
All students who can learn safely at home MUST transition to remote and flexible learning. This includes children in secondary schools who are considered vulnerable but have access to a suitable learning environment at home.
On-site learning and teaching programs for children at secondary government schools, will be offered based on the school’s assessment and understanding of the safety risks faced by students and families.
Sending a child/children to school is NOT a choice. A parent/carer needs to justify that they cannot provide care and supervision at home and cannot make other arrangements.
Students who are on-site WILL NOT receive any extra teaching and will ONLY be supervised to complete their on-line learning in a closed room.
On-site Application Form
Parents/Carers are required to complete an on-site application form (linked on this page) and submit this each week to allow schools to effectively manage on-site supervision. An application form must be completed and sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 12:00. Families will be informed by Friday 12:00.
Parents/Carers are expected to collect their child/children when they finish work. The child/children cannot stay at school all day unless the parent is working all day.
Most importantly, the school will determine if the parent/carer meets the threshold for on-site supervision. It is not a right to send the child to school unless they meet the threshold.
You must wear a face covering when you are leaving your home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. This means either a face mask or face shield. A face covering needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth.
A face shield means any film made from plastic or other transparent material designed or made to be worn like a visor, covering the wearer’s forehead to below the chin area and wrapping around the sides of the wearer’s face, to provide the wearer protection.
Subject Selections for 2021 are fast approaching. Wednesday night we hosted an online information session.
For those unable to attend the session, please use the link below to access the video recording.
Please make contact with the college if you have any enquiries at all about subject selections or enrollments in general for 2021.
Heywood and District Secondary College seeks to provide an environment which is encouraging in its approach to learning, is safe and secure, where students can learn and develop their skills in an atmosphere free from harassment or negativity. At all times students will be encouraged to be respectful of others and co-operative in approach.
Heywood and District Secondary College is a small rural school that lies 30km north of Portland and approximately 72km from the South Australian Border. Our students travel from outlying areas from Dartmoor, Bessiebelle to Tyrendarra. The Heywood community, situated near the newly recognised Budj Bim National Park, has a strong indigenous connection to country. We ensure that our staff undergo Cultural Understanding and Safety Training (CUST) to encourage these connections to strengthen and maintain. Our cherished relationship with Winda-Mara sees local elders working closely with the school to support the local Aboriginal children and our teaching of our local Gunditjmara Language and Culture Program.
We strive to be valued as an innovative and outstanding College that promotes partnership between families, staff and the wider community. We support and empower students to accept responsibility for personal and academic growth and provide a safe and caring environment that allows all students to achieve their potential. We pride ourselves in the knowledge that each student is well-known to staff and that positive student-staff relationships prosper throughout the College.