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An Encouragement From Your Principal

3 Apr 2020

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you in good health and in good faith. These are indeed difficult times for everyone. It is now more important than ever that we stay connected and support each other in community and in our shared mission as the Whitley College community. I am writing to let you know some of what we’re doing to continue supporting our students in the best way we can as we all begin to realise the full impact of COVID-19.

Whitley College has been working hard to adjust quickly to these changing circumstances, with minimum disruptions to classes. We appreciate your patience through this transition from face-to-face to online classes and for continuing your academic journey with us. Here is our statement about the measures that have been taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis at this time.

Even though the way in which we gather and learn has changed, Whitley College is still a strong community that comes together for learning, worship, friendship and fun. Our Faculty and Support Staff are available to support you and facilitate coming together – even if that looks different to what we are used to.

In light of this, I am launching a weekly open Zoom gathering called Q&A with René. It will be held on Wednesdays at 4.30pm, and will give you as students direct contact with me to ask questions, hear updates on how we’re handling challenges and raise concerns you may have. The first session will be held on Wednesday 8 April. Details of how to access the gathering will be emailed each Wednesday, before the session commences. I do hope you are able to join me.

If you need additional support or assistance at this time, there are a number of resources and contacts on our Student Support page (please be aware our campus is closed based on the current situation). Should you require information on accessing our library resources remotely, you can find tips here.

If you have specific questions around arrangements for your classes, please contact your lecturer directly, as they will have the most up to date information relevant to your learning.

The Whitley Faculty and Staff have been praying for you during this unsettling time. Please know we are here for you in this continually changing climate. We hope you will join with us in more fervent prayer and stay connected with us through Facebook, or contact the campus directly.

As we enter into Holy Week, may the opportunity to reflect on the faithfulness of God in the midst of challenging times bring renewal and hope for us all.


René Erwich