COVID-19 Updates

CoVID-19 Updates

Last updated: 4 August, 2020, 1:00pm


Greetings to you on behalf of the Executive team,

 

Just when we THINK we know what’s going to happen, things change once again. How deeply we feel for all of you, trying to navigate your ways through your studies in the ebb and flow of government restrictions.

While there is a lot we still do not know, and are waiting for more details from the government about higher education delivery, what we CAN confirm is that we will not be able to offer face to face classes at MST, or Eastern, for the next 6 weeks.

About the Library: As we've just started Semester 2, many of you want to know what is happening with the library. Because of the current restriction level, you will NOT be able to come into the College library. However, we know how important research is to your studies so our librarians will be available to help you between 9am and 5pm each day. Our librarians will either scan and email or post the book to you. (Note: Conditions and limits may apply.)  All MST, MST Chinese and Eastern students should contact Neil Horvarth or Josella Chan on 03 9881 7823 or send your enquiries to library@mst.edu.au

We are hoping, praying, and tentatively planning that this period of Stage 4 lockdown will do its job, and perhaps enable us to re-adjust again later in the Semester. We will obviously keep you all updated, as we have sought to do so far, and will provide more information on some other changes before the end of this week. Please watch our websites and social media pages.

In the meantime, be assured of our continued prayers for you, and deep commitment to serving you as best we possibly can, in these difficult times. To borrow from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written so long ago and yet so powerfully relevant to all us:

May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

In Him,

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

 


COLLEGE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS

1. Will Semester 2 be online?

Semester 2 units are now on the timetable for you to see!  Please be sure to check these, as you plan your studies for the rest of the year. 

Many of you are wondering, no doubt, about face-to-face classes and when we may return to a more ‘normal’ routine. We are hoping and planning to return to campus in Semester 2, with weekly classes and intensives delivered face-to-face. However, this is subject to the government’s COVID-safe guidelines, so these plans are yet to be confirmed. We will notify you as soon as we are confident of any planned changes. 

Regardless, the SEMESTER 2 units on the timetable will be offered with adjustments to delivery mode as needed. If you plan to enrol in units with face-to-face components but have valid (COVID-19 related) reasons for not attending classes on campus, you will need to seek approval to be exempted from attendance requirements. Please send your request via email to Tosca Nathan, Dean of Studies (tnathan@eastern.edu.au) before enrolling in a unit. For students in such situations, we are working to provide you with remote access to lectures.

Of course, if we are permitted to return to campus, social distancing and extra hygiene measures will be in place for everyone’s safety and well-being. 

Again, be assured of our ongoing commitment to support and serve you. Please feel free to write or call if you need any more information. 

2. Library

​As we're just started Semester 2, many of you want to know what is happening with the library. Because of the current restriction level, you will NOT be able to come into the College library. However, we know how important research is to your studies so our librarians will be available to help you between 9am and 5pm each day. Our librarians will either scan and email or post the book to you. (Note: Conditions and limits may apply.)  All MST, MST Chinese and Eastern students should contact Neil Horvarth or Josella Chan on 03 9881 7823 or send your enquiries to library@mst.edu.au. ​\

 


STUDENT SUPPORT
 

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.

DOWNLOAD HERE
 

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 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, please contact info@eastern.edu.au

Eastern College remains committed to supporting you in your studies, especially at this time. If you need extensions on assessments, please use the Request for Assignment Extension form.

 


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