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On Sunday 27 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced that metropolitan Melbourne would take the Second Step in its roadmap for reopening from 11:59 pm on 27 September 2020.

This means that from Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October 2020 all students at Columba Catholic Primary School will continue with the Remote Schooling arrangements.

From Monday 12 October 2020, all students in Foundation (Prep) to Grade 6 will return to on-site face to face classroom learning with the following health and safety measures continuing to remain in place: 

  • designating drop-off/pick-up points for parents (as per Term 2, see attached)
  • promoting age-appropriate hygiene practices for all students
  • reminding all students and staff to wash their hands with soap and water or when this is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser on arrival at school and regularly throughout the day
  • reinforcing with students the following hygiene practices:
    • cough and/or sneeze into their elbows or a tissue
    • place used tissues straight into the bin
    • avoid touching eyes, noses or mouths
    • not to share food or drink 
    • not to drink from water fountains or bubblers directly
  • extending school cleaning programs during the school day, including cleaning school playground equipment after use
  • limiting the number of visitors attending the school, including parents.

A critical aspect of the return to on-site learning will be a strict enforcement of the community requirements to maintain physical distancing especially at the start and finish of the school day. The following measures continue until further notice for parents, guardians and carers:

  • practise physical distancing and avoid long periods of time in close contact with other adults
  • use the telephone or email to contact staff rather than visiting the school
  • do not enter the school grounds except when essential and the time on-site should be minimised
  • adhere to the school’s pick and drop off requirements for students.

Parents, guardians and carers will also be required to wear a face mask when attending the school, including when dropping off or picking up your child(ren) or if you are required to collect an unwell child(ren) from school, unless an exemption applies.

Health and Safety

If your child is experiencing signs or symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they must not attend the school until their symptoms resolve and appropriate medical advice is obtained. This includes those showing even mild symptoms of COVID-19. 

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell.

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

Upon arrival to school or during the school day, if your child becomes or is unwell, you will be contacted and required to come and collect your child. 

If students who are being tested for COVID-19 have siblings who attend a school managed and operated by the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL), then the siblings should also remain at home until a negative test result is provided for the student awaiting a test result. 

Where a student is unwell and absent from school, parents and carers will not need to provide a medical certificate for their child to return to face to face classroom learning or on-site supervision.

In addition, all students will continue to receive a temperature check every morning before attending school, with a non-contact infrared forehead thermometer.

Primary school students are not required to wear a face mask irrespective of the students age. However, individual families can make their own decisions regarding their children wearing a face mask whilst attending primary school. 

Parents, guardians and carers are encouraged to inform their child(ren) that school staff will be using face masks and reinforce with their child(ren) the need to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people, to wash and dry hands thoroughly and regularly, and cough and sneeze into a tissue or their elbow. 

I sincerely thank all our parents, guardians, carers and the wider school community for their continued hard work and support as we transition back to classroom learning. 


Columba has a new cleaner onboard. Jorg will be helping to clean the school each day betyween 11:00am and 3:00pm. He will clean high touch areas around the school, playgorunds and all other ammenities. We welcome Jorg to the Columba team and appreciate his efforts in keeping the school safe for everyone.


Victoria's roadmap for eased coronavirus restrictions includes details on childcare and schools. What's in store for term 4?

With no changes to schools in the first step, which will come into effect on September 14, remote learning will continue through to the end of term three.

From October 12, VCE, VCAL and grade prep, one and two students in metropolitan Melbourne (Bunyip Included) will attend school full-time. Columba Bunyip will be open for Prep-2 students ONLY starting October 12.

Students in grades 3-6 and years 7-10 will not return to on-site learning until the end of October at the earliest. A date will be confimed closer to the end of October. Columba will provide remote learning for students in grades 3-6 until the end of October and beyond if needed.


Columba CPS COVID-19 Safety Management Plan

Below is a link to our COVID-19 Safety Management Plan. Columba continues to provide a safe environemt for its students and staff and is working to ensure this plan is actioned during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Columba Catholic Primary School COVID19 Safety Management Plan



Our Virtual Tour is now ready to view. Due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to take tours but we hope this virtual tour will give you a good idea on what we are on about at Columba.

Please know that a catholic background is not necessary to enroll.

If you are wanting to enroll your child you can do so by downloading enrollment forms from our school webpage and sending them to our office email

Or we always welcome your call at
(03) 56295933
0457 411 546

Please enjoy the virtual tour of our school.



Columba will be closed fo remote learning for the reaminder of term 3.

As we are in a stage 4 lockdown, only the following students will be able to attend school

  • students whose parents, guardians or carers are unable to work from home and are classified at Permitted Workers (Please see permitted workers outline below).
  • Vulnerable Students
  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
  • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories above, or where the family is experiencing severe stress.

To access the full letter from the principal reating to stage 4 restrictions, click on the link below

Letter to Families Stage 4 Restrictions Columba PS.pdf