Covid-19 Principal’s Update 26/3/20

Information regarding attendance

The Minister of Education, Sue Ellery this morning announced that from Monday 30 March all students should be kept at home if possible.

Effective immediately at John Curtin College we ask that if your child can safely be at home, please keep them at home.

Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April

  • Where parents need children to attend school to enable them to maintain employment, and for those children in vulnerable families, like children living with grandparents, your child can continue to attend school and they will still be taught next week through our online platform, Connect. 

Final week of Term – Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April

  • Students who attend onsite will be supervised, but not taught normal lessons.
  • Teachers and education assistants will prepare teaching programs for Term 2.

Term 2 – commencing Tuesday 28 April

  • At this stage, arrangements for Term 2 have not been finalised.
  • The State Government is working on developing a longer term education model for Term 2 and beyond in response to COVID-19.

Information about learning and teaching online to support student learning

Effective immediately all children at John Curtin College of the Arts will now be educated through our online learning platform, Connect. 

Our teachers will not be providing hour by hour lessons, but will be providing clear directions to students in regards to learning at home for their classes.

We advise students stick to their regular school routine in their home environment using our online resources.

At this stage:

  • All students have access to course outlines and assessment outlines in the library of their SIS or Flexible class.
  • Many teachers have uploaded additional content onto Connect or provided links to other platforms.
  • Paper copies of work to be completed have been distributed in some classes.
  • Some teachers have provided set work from textbooks.
  • Other teachers have encouraged students to download coursework on to a USB or One Drive in areas including Media, Tech Graphics, AIT and Photography.
  • VET and UniReady online courses will continue.
  • Teachers are being upskilled on the diverse functions of Connect, in particular submissions and discussions.

The Department of Education also has curriculum resources for parents to access at home here

Please be patient and supportive of our teachers as we navigate through this time and build resources to become available for students as we move into Term 2.

Do you have a Connect access question?

Please direct all your enquiries about accessing Connect to our IT Department. Please do not email individual teachers.

For all IT/Connect issues go to and lodge a support ticket.

How can my child access their email in Connect?

Students access their email by:

  1. Logging onto connect
  2. Clicking on the mail icon at the top right of the dashboard page

Our teachers are well prepared to continue to provide education for your child through online

Information regarding JCCA facilities

Students who need access to lockers

If students find they need to access their school lockers to retrieve their text books or other equipment they can come on campus, however parents are asked to remain in the carpark. Children are not encouraged to use public transport.

Canteen closed from Monday 30 March

***A message from Libby’s Kitchen***

Due to the new recommendations concerning COVID-19, the canteen will be closing from Monday 30 March 2020. We will reopen in line with school directives.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone and we are grateful for your understanding.

We want to thank the students, staff and parents for such amazing support during this stressful time and we look forward to coming back better than ever.

If you have any concerns you are welcome to contact us directly via email at

Thank you once again, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces on our return!

The Canteen

Learning Centre

Students can now access Audible books online for free. Use this link and start listening. Make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browsers.

JCCA Uniform Shop closed from Monday 30 March

Uniform Concepts has changed their opening times and operating procedures due to the current circumstances.

The Uniform Shop at JCCA is closed until further notice.

From Monday 30 March, Uniform Concepts will be operating an online service only with the option of home delivery or collection from the Willetton store on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm – 5pm.

The Super Store will only be open for pre-ordered pick-ups.

Year 7 immunisations timetabled for next week will be rescheduled by the Department of Health for later in the year.

Maintaining student health and wellbeing

Our School Psychologists have provided you with some information about talking to children about coronavirus to help reduce worry and distress. Please see the following links and attachment:

Emerging Minds has a helpful video, factsheets and many tips to guide your discussion.   The Australian Psychological Society information sheet provides tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety.

Student wellbeing website

The Department of Education’s Learning at home website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families.  The website will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.

Parents are advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a 24 hour crisis support line 1800 048 636.

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