CoVID-19 Updates

Last updated: 25 March, 2020, 1:00pm


… “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-40

Right now our number one priority is to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of our College community. Please be alert and stay up to date with the Australian Government’s updates here. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert


Greetings to you on behalf of MST’s Executive team,

Thank you to all of you for your continued patience and understanding. The situation with the CoVid-19 pandemic is changing so quickly, and we are monitoring every day the current and likely implications for us all.

The leadership team, and the Board, are monitoring closely the guidance and advice being provided by relevant authorities, to ensure, as best we can, the protection and wellbeing of not only our students, college faculty and staff, but friends, family and the wider community.

We are mindful of the importance of our students’ studies, so the steps we are taking have your well-being in mind, while minimising as much as possible the impact on your studies. In light of this, a number of important decisions have been made, which are outlined below.

Please take note of these details, and regularly log in to eCampus to receive any updates. Also, we ask that you maintain a high level of awareness of the latest developments. For more information and regular updates, please do not rely on social or mass media. The reality is that we must adapt to significant changes in our lives. In spite of these unusual events, as the Apostle Paul reminded us:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Please take care of yourselves and each other. The MST & Eastern community is more than simply an educational environment; we are a part of the Body of Christ, and as such, a family. May the Lord protect us, give us His wisdom, grace, and mercy, and may we all exhibit that quiet sense of confidence that lies at the very heart of the Gospel.

If you have any personal concerns or questions, contact Peter Tyrrell, Vice – Principal (Community & Operations) on 03 9881 7800.

Tim Meyers, Jude Long, Peter Tyrrell
MST & Eastern Executive Team


STUDENT SUPPORT

We are here to support you! 

Your lecturers will be available via email and eCampus, and will be there every step of the way to guide you through your studies.

If you’re finding yourself struggling in any way during this uncertain and unsettling time, please remember that we have people ready and available to virtually meet with you and pray with you. Feel free to email our Community Life Coordinator, Sue Kimber, at skimber@mst.edu.au or Eastern’s Counselling Courses Co-ordinator, Julie Morsillo, at jmorsillo@eastern.edu.au to schedule an appointment.

If you have study enquiries and would like to contact our student services, please contact info@mst.edu.au

If you have any concerns about completing your assessments or studies in general, you can contact our Dean of Studies, Delle Matthews, by emailing dmatthews@mst.edu.au. We can grant extensions for students impacted by changes due to CoVid 19.

If you are concerned that you may have the virus, please use the self-assessment tool provided by the government here for your next steps. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-self-assessment


COLLEGE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS

We are not closing the College. We will be maintaining essential services to support online teaching, critical research activities, essential buildings and grounds maintenance, IT and security services.

Please note that non-essential gatherings such as Chapel and social events are cancelled until further notice.

A decision to continue on-campus classes after the break will be made in the coming weeks. If we do end up needing to move into a temporary, medium-term online mode for all classes, you will be given clear and detailed information about how this will work. Your lecturers will be in touch with you to arrange provision not only of all your lecture materials, notes, outlines, and supporting materials, but also regular personal follow up.

The library is open and extending its hours!!

To support you as best as we can, the opening hours of the library will be extended from the start of Term 2 (April 14th), unless closure is enforced by the government. The extended hours will be:

Monday – Thursday:   9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This extension has only been made possible by faculty members volunteering some of their time and we ask that you extend grace to them when you see them at the service desk.

We also encourage you to make use of the on-line help that is available including e-mail support (library@mst.edu.au & library@eastern.edu.au). Audio-visual presentations are continuing to be developed and placed on the library’s webpage to assist you with your research needs.

Two things to remember if you’re on campus:

  1. Social distance
  • When in class, or in the library, or anywhere on campus, please maintain a 4-metre square distance from other students.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Avoid physical contact, including handshakes.

2. Hygiene

  • Maintain safe personal hygiene practices as indicated around the College.
  • Wash your hands!!
  • Hand sanitizers are available around campus.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Government news, updates and advice: https://www.australia.gov.au/

The latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Latest updates to Australia’s stance on travelling: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19