Last updated: 3 April, 2020, 1:00pm
Greetings to you on behalf of the 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, but with Victoria now on Level 3 restrictions, we have made several important decisions regarding the operations of the College.
Right now our number one priority is to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of our College community. We are continuously praying for you and that the Lord may 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.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Tim Meyers, Jude Long, Peter Tyrrell
MST & Eastern Executive Team
COLLEGE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS
1. No face to face classes for the remainder of this semester
With the current restrictions, and more importantly, the risk associated with on-campus gatherings, there will be no face to face classes for the rest of this semester.
Our academic team has been working hard to migrate our full academic program into an online environment. Your lecturers will be in touch with you to explain what your studies will look like for the rest of the semester. They are also available to you personally via email and e-Campus and will be there every step of the way to guide you through your studies.
2. NEW WINTER SEMESTER!
MST and Eastern are providing extra study options for people with a little more time on their hands, or the freedom to add units and accelerate their program. We will provide further details next week once the subject offerings have been finalised.
MST & Eastern New Academic Calendar dates for the rest of the year:
- Winter Semester: 11th May to 31st July
- 2nd Semester: New Commencement date: 3rd August
3. Online units now available for Audit at a low cost
Until now, online courses were not available to audit students. We have decided to change this. From Winter Semester, all relevant online courses at both MST & Eastern will be available for audit, for a minimal fee of $100. More information to come!
To support you as best as we can, the library remains open and the opening hours of the library will be extended, although on a highly restricted basis. Only currently enrolled students are permitted to access the library, and we are requiring strict adherence to all the social distancing and hygiene protocols that have already been implemented.
The extended library hours from April 14th will be:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
We encourage you to make use of the online help that is available including e-mail support at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Two things to remember if you ARE on campus:
- Wherever you are on campus, please maintain a 4-metre square distance from other students.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Avoid physical contact, including handshakes.
- Maintain safe personal hygiene practices as indicated on campus.
- Wash your hands!!
- Hand sanitizers are available around campus.
We are here to support you!
Our team at the Centre for Theology & Psychology has created a flyer with a few guidelines and tips that will help us to cope with this new situation and perhaps even thrive and flourish in the midst of uncertain times. Read it HERE and be encouraged.
If you’re finding yourself struggling in any way please remember that we have people ready and available to virtually meet with you and pray with you.
Contact Community Life Coordinator, Sue Kimber, at email@example.com or
Eastern’s Counselling Courses Co-ordinator, Julie Morsillo, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
If you have study enquiries, please contact email@example.com
If you have any concerns about completing your assessments or studies in general, please contact our Dean of Studies, Delle Matthews, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We can grant extensions for students impacted by changes due to COVID-19.
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