Parents /carers, you are invited to attend the 2020 Parents Victoria Online Conference.

The theme of the forum is a Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools.
This year’s conference program includes presentations from expert speakers and groups on mental health support for students and parents, connecting school communities and engaging families.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino will open the conference and answer questions submitted by schools and families.

To submit a question email office@parentsvictoria.asn.au by Sunday 11 October.

Details on the conference and how to register are provided below.

Date: Monday 19 October 2020

Time: 10am to 1.15pm

Cost: The conference is free but registration is essential.

Registration: The conference will take place on Zoom. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link on 18 October.

For more information visit the Parents Victoria website.


On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support during Term 3. I know remote and flexible learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning. You can be confident that our school will support any student who has fallen behind to catch up.

Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for all our students. Whether we’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.

Term 4

On-Site schooling arrangements for students

Please click on the school letter below for important information regarding students returning to on-site schooling. 

Important Information for Term 4 2020

Regards, Diane Bassett 

School Principal 


Curriculum Day- Wednesday 9th September

Reminder that this Wednesday 9th of September is a HVS Curriculum Day;

No students will attend school on this day.

Fortunately, students will be able to continue with their wellbeing Wednesday activities on Google Classroom– there will not be a morning or afternoon check in.


Our VCAL Students have produced a new film called ‘Stick Together’ that aims to celebrate the inventive ways we are trying to communicate with our friends during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Please click on the link below to watch and vote for our short film.

https://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/2000.html


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS AND CARERS

The latest update regarding HVS closure:

Please click on the link below further information from our School Principal : 

School Re-Open Parent Letter


10/08/2020,

As you are aware, Hume Valley School was advised of a reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and was closed for 24 hours from 09/08/20 as a precautionary measure.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has confirmed that a student at Hume Valley School has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This case has been reported to the Department of Education and Training (DET), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently undertaking further investigation.

The school will now remain closed from 09/08/20 until advised otherwise.

While DHHS conducts further investigation, all students and staff must remain at home. This includes limiting movements to home-based activities and not attending public places.

DHHS will work with our school to identify and notify any staff and students identified as having been in close contact with the person who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), providing further advice as required.

At this stage staff and students do not need to seek testing unless they develop symptoms.

To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Stage 3 restrictions now apply for regional and rural Victoria and Stage 4 restrictions now apply for metropolitan Melbourne.

More information

I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the DET staff who are supporting us. You can contact them on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.

For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

A number of resources can also be found on DET’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians page.

I remind you to please respect the privacy of our student who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourage everyone to continuing supporting each other during this time.

Thank you for your support, and I will provide further information as soon as I receive any updates.

Regards,

Diane Bassett  Principal


The Victorian Government has now advised that all Melbourne schools will move to remote and flexible learning from Wednesday 5th August until the end of Term 3.

Tuesday 4th August will be a Pupil Free- Curriculum Day for Teacher’s to prepare for remote learning.

Monday 3rd August (Today) will be a ‘normal’ school day for students.

Please click on the link below further information from our School Principal : 

School Community Letter for Parents/ Carers Term 3 2020 

School Community Letter for Parents/ Carers for Term 3 2020- Arabic  


25/05/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
The staff are looking forward to having our students back onsite at Hume Valley School (HVS).

As you know, Tuesday 26th May is the first day back for all students.

Please read the following documents as they are IMPORTANT to your child’s return to on-site schooling.

Return to School Procedures For Parents

Drop off and Pick Up For Junior Students

Drop off and Pick Up For Primary, Middle, Secondary and Senior Sub School Students

VCAL STUDENTS- Parent Information

To all independent travellers at our VCAL Campus, students will be dismissed at 2:30pm. 

Parents who request an early pick-up at 2:30pm for your child, please submit the following form: 

Early Pick Up at 2:30pm Request Form: 

https://forms.gle/munBciYSDjmmuczk9

Once request form has been submitted, our Reception staff will make contact with you.

Kind Regards

Diane Bassett – School Principal 


Remote Learning for HVS starts Wednesday 4th August.

All students will have the option of learning through Google Classroom OR Hardcopy Learning Packs.

Google Classroom is a very popular and simple to use program that teachers use to connect face to face online with their students. Teachers will be able to engage their students and lead the learning session as if they were all in the classroom together.

Parents won’t need to teach the sessions because the classroom teacher will be doing that via the computer/iPad or laptop.

Google Classroom is a safe and user friendly learning tool for all students to use. HVS will provide step by step training for the students and their families to ensure that this is a stress free learning environment. Students will get to see their class mates and their teacher everyday throughout the Remote Learning Period.

Our teachers want to start engaging students via Google Classroom as soon as possible, but we need families to sign a consent form first.

Please click on the link to sign the Google Classroom consent form.

https://forms.gle/dwMT7KgJXqMgA3ez9

Further information and instruction on how to connect and use Google Classrooms will be sent to all families before the end of the week via email.


25th of June 2020

Hume Valley School is excited to launch a renewed Facebook page to communicate news, events and share in the celebration of student success and achievement.  We encourage all families to look up our page and select ‘join’.  You are able to access the Hume Valley School Facebook page by:

The Facebook Phone App by searching for ~

humevalleyschool (please look for our schools logo)

 OR

By search engine ~ https://www.facebook.com/humevalleyschool

Please select ‘join’ and our team will message you to confirm you are a member of the school community; they will ask what your child’s name and class number is. When posts are made on the Hume Valley School Facebook page, we encourage the community to ‘like’ posts as a sign of their encouragement and support of our school community. 

We have tools in place to limit comments; this will be reviewed in 12 months.  We look forward to welcoming you to our page. 

A copy of our Facebook Policy can be found on the school webpage


Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that Hume Valley School will commence on-site schooling from Tuesday 26th May 2020.

To support our school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May 2020 will be a pupil-free day.

All students will be expected to attend school as normal from Tuesday 26th May 2020.

This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after this date, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health, or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan. This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

Kind Regards, Diane Bassett- Principal


17/04/2020

Dear Parents and Carers, As per the directive made to Victorian schools, by the Premier, in order to ensure physical distancing across the population and to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), children in Victorian government schools will move to remote and flexible learning at the commencement of Term 2. Apart from in exceptional circumstances, this means that from Wednesday 15th April 2020:

  1. Teachers will be working from home and
  2. Students will be learning from home.

The Learning from Home Program provided to your child in Term 2 will be as below:

  1. Individualised Learning Program – resources, activities and ideas to support your child’s individual learning goals emailed to you via your child’s classroom teacher every Monday morning.
  2. Hume Valley School Website http://www.humevalley.vic.edu.au/index.php/learning-from-home/ supplementary learning experiences to support learning from home (updated weekly).
  3. Take Home Learning Packs (hard copy) – sent via mail directly to your home (at the beginning of Term 2).

Please ensure that you access the school’s website and the school’s app via flexibuzz for regular updates and communications. Click on the link for instructions to download flexibuzz: http://www.humevalley.vic.edu.au/index.php/school-communication-app/

If you have any other questions you can contact your child’s sub school leader or classroom teacher via email or the school directly on (03) 9309 3477 or hume.valley.sch@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Take care and stay healthy.

Kind regards, Diane Bassett  Principal  


11/04/2020-  Transition to Remote and Flexible Learning (COVID-19) – TERM 2

Dear Parents and Carers,

As per the directive made to Victorian schools, by the Premier, in order to ensure physical distancing across the population and to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), children in Victorian government schools will move to remote and flexible learning at the commencement of Term 2.

This means that from the start of term two “all students who CAN learn from home, MUST learn at home”.

The Term 2 Remote Learning Program will commence for all students on Wednesday 15th April, 2020.

Please click on the PDF attached for more information.  Transition to Remote and Flexible Learning (COVID-19) – TERM 2- Parent Letter

Kind Regards, Diane Bassett


Dear Parents/Carers, 

The following advice from the Department of Education and Training we will be moving to remote and flexible learning from Term 2, to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.  The Department’s latest advice on coronavirus can be found at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

It is important that we work together and support each other during this challenging time. We will be in touch with staff and parents and carers shortly with further details of what remote and flexible learning will look like at our school.

In the meantime, you might find it useful to look at the Department’s Learning from Home website. It provides resources and guidance for teachers and parents and carers. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/learningfromhome.aspx

Please continue to stay safe and healthy.  Thank you


07/04/2020-  Multilingual Resources on Coronavirus from DPV Health 

DPV Health and the HWPCP have partnered with local community leaders Whittlesea Community Connections and Banksia Gardens to keep the community informed on COVID-19 and to ensure you are receiving your information from reputable sources.

Please click on the link below for information and fact sheets in 7 community languages: https://www.dpvhealth.org.au/coronavirus-covid-19/support-resources/


03/04/2020-  TALKING TO YOUR CHILD DURING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Minister’s message

Your kids, like mine, will have many questions about Coronavirus and what it means for them – and for the people they love.

I know it can be daunting for parents and carers to answer those questions. That’s why, in close consultation with our child psychologist team, we’ve developed a resource to help guide you through these conversations.

Everyone’s child is different, and some will want to talk more than others. What’s most important is that you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk.

Without doubt, we face an enormous challenge.

But I want you to know that as parents, caregivers and Victorians, we are in this together.

The Hon James Merlino, MP- Deputy Premier – Minister for Education

Please see attached PDF for more information. talking to your child during coronavirus


25/03/2020

Dear Parents/ Carers, 

Please see the below information from Hume City Council: 

EMERGENCY RELIEF PACKAGES FOR VICTORIANS WHO NEED IT MOST

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government.  Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods.

Food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Additional items may also be provided depending on the needs of the household, such as nappies or baby formula. 

The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required. The emergency relief program will be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with Foodbank Victoria and under the direction of the State Relief Coordinator.

The media release provides details of how to access the package.

MEDIA RELEASE – Care Package Information 2020

For more information about the support services people can call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus


Learning from Home Resources

If you are choosing to keep your child home at this stage please refer to the document below which has a timetable, links to FREE educational websites, activities, ideas and resources to support your child to continue to learn from home.

Please remember to call the school on (03) 9309 3477 when your child is away.

Online safety tips and resources to support parents and carers.

Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus

COVID-19: an online survival kit parents and carers

How-to-access-learning-from-home-Students-Parents


13/03/2020

Coronavirus information for parents:

We are aware of the current concerns relating to the Coronavirus outbreak.

At this stage our school remains open and it is safe to send your children to school.

  1. If you or your child are unwell the advice is that you don’t attend school and seek medical advice from your local Doctor
  2. .We will continue to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of students at our school and will respond and communicate to the school community if the situation changes.

30/01/2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please refer to the following link for DET and DHHS advice on the Coronavirus:    coronavirus-DHHS-students information 2020