Thank you for your messages of support, understanding and cooperation in responding to the sudden closure of the College last Monday 11th Oct.  All primary contacts have been contacted.  At this stage there has been no transmission of the virus to any close contacts which is great news.  Please follow the advice from the Department of Health: coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398

Updated information about returning to school

The Victorian State Government (VSG) has brought forward the staggered return to onsite learning.  All students across the state will return to fulltime onsite learning by 5th November.  As the college is closed as a Tier 1 site up to and including Friday 22nd of October, we will resume onsite learning from MONDAY 25TH OCTOBER as per below:

  • Children of essential workers and vulnerable students may attend each day in line with requirements.
  • Foundation students attend school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Year 1 and 2 students attend school Thursday and Friday
  • Years 3 and 4 -Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Years 5 and 6 – Thursday and Friday
  • Year 7 and 11- full-time, five days
  • Years 8 and 9 – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Year 10 – Thursday and Friday
  • From Friday 5 November all students will return to onsite learning Monday to Friday.

Please keep checking SEQTA and the website for updated information.

COVID-19 Protocols

Students who present with any COVID symptoms are to be sent immediately to senior reception and isolated in COVID-19 first aid room.

The following is a press release from Independent Schools Victoria:

Premier Andrews said the easing of restrictions was due to the fact Victoria is set to hit its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target in the Roadmap nearly a week early. Further changes will be announced when the state hits the 80 per cent double dose target, which is predicted to be the first week of November.  The Premier said 89 per cent of the population over the age of 16 have now had a first dose of the vaccine and some 65.5 per cent have had a second dose. Of those in hospital with the virus, 90 per cent were not fully vaccinated, a figure that rose to 97 per cent of those in intensive care. He said close to 90 per cent of students aged 12 to 15 had had at least their first dose.  Masks will still be required both indoors and outdoors for all Victorians.

Online Learning

Please refer to SEQTA for all instructions about online learning.  Please contact our Head of Junior School – Mrs Evangelakos, or our Head of Senior School – Mrs Sarigianoglou, if you need assistance or support.  Feedback is welcome so if you need more (or less) work from teachers for your children please let them know.  All families have different expectations and capacity to assist students; we are happy to make adjustments if they are required.  Please see the SEQTA notice board for information on health and wellbeing services/information.

Coronavirus hotline

If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19), or have any general enquiries regarding the pandemic, call the dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.   DHHS Link


St John’s College is committed to supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

  • Safety protocols for 2021 are in line with Victorian State Government advice.
  • Only essential staff, may be on site (except when the school is closed as an exposure site).
  • Everyone over 9 years of age (staff, students, volunteers, contractors) must wear a mask at all times inside and outdoors.
  • All members of the community MUST practice safe hygiene: cover your face when you cough or sneeze, stay home if unwell, wash your hands and physically distance.
  • Leave doors and windows open to increase ventilation in shared workspaces and classrooms.
  • Refer to SEQTA Notices for more information.

In the event of a sudden lockdown: online learning arrangements

  • The College will remain open unless directed to close by the DHHS, for example, if we have a case or a close contact within the school.
  • Prep to Year 4 students will follow the advice provided by their class teacher (blended learning will be implemented: online and independent work).
  • Parents are highly encouraged to keep some student stationery and supplies at home. We strongly suggest parents invest in second items so that in the event of a snap lockdown students have learning materials available (headphones/writing books/scrap books etc.)  If your spare materials are at school organise with your child’s teacher to have some of the materials home.
  • Year 5 to VCE/VCAL students will follow their class timetable.
    • Class work will be available on SEQTA; direct message teachers in SEQTA for support.
    • TEAMS classes within MSO will be offered: teachers will communicate expectations to each class group.
    • Follow all eSafe, ergonomic and wellbeing advice; online classes will include approximately 30 minutes in TEAMS, followed by a period of independent work  and  movement/body/eye breaks (times approximate).


  • Teachers work from home unless informed otherwise (all classes and meetings online in TEAMS).
  • Teachers will mark students in SEQTA as “Learning from home”  unless otherwise informed by parents or ‘absent’ if they do not check into TEAMS sessions.
  • Parents please follow the usual process and inform the College via the absence phone line if students are unwell and not attending class (call anytime, select ‘student absence’ and leave a message 9480 5300).
  • Class TEAMS are automatically created as the timetable is synced with M365.
  • Junior School Teachers will use a single TEAM for all live learning to avoid any confusion.
  • See SEQTA portal page for links to online programs for Junior School.
  • Check Direqt Messages regularly on SEQTA:  refresh SEQTA regularly.
  • Email Zendesk with any technical problems, the team are on hand to help you: support@stjohnspreston.zendesk.com
  • Students and teachers must adhere to all eSmart safety protocols/Safe Use of Technology Agreement when on line.