It has been an unprecedented time over the past few months, with many in our community facing challenges in the rapidly changing times we find ourselves in. The College will continue to keep our community informed as we all walk this path together. Please continue to monitor emails and communications from the College regarding altered arrangements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is a good time to reflect on our faith and share love and care for our friends, family and wider community. Some students and family members may experience extra stress and emotional pressures at this time, there are many fabulous support networks that operate to help in those feeling the pressure and we have included their details below also.
Government Information and Latest Advice for COVID-19
Australian Government Department of Health
Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Our information provides daily updates, answering your questions about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers.
This site is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia. https://www.australia.gov.au/
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. You might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in your community. It can be hard to know what information to trust especially in a situation where things are changing so quickly. It can be helpful to keep up-to-date but it’s also okay to switch off from the 24 hour media cycle if this is getting too much.
During this time some things in your life may be affected by attempts to contain the spread of the virus. You may have been looking forward to a gig or a trip that’s been cancelled. You may be affected by school, uni or your workplace temporarily closing. Or you may have a loved one who is directly affected by the virus.
It’s important to find the right level or type of support for you. And keep in mind that the type of support you may need can change as time passes. For many people staying connected to family and friends/loved ones is important.
The following websites provide updates, answering your questions about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers. They also have important resources for seeking support for your own mental wellbeing.
Parents and Carers are encouraged to be familiar with the tips and resources provided by the eSafety Commissioner about how to keep you children safe online whilst offering skills and advice. https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents.
Counselling and Support
If you are experiencing any form of online abuse you do not need to face what you are feeling alone. You can also find support groups and get legal advice. Find a service that is right for you. Click the following link for a list of resources, counselling and support networks https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/counselling-support-services
We are acutely aware of the financial impact that the current situation will have on many families. St Joseph’s has a long and proud history of supporting members of our community who find paying fees beyond their financial means, this will continue. Any family who has difficulty meeting their fee commitments is encouraged to contact our fees office on [email protected]
Next term students will continue to be offered a full education and access to all our services either face to face or remotely. Hence we have no plans to adjust our 2020 fee level.
Financial support for families
The Government have provided us with the following quick links to the measures available in the economic support package announced by the Prime Minister: