Last updated 4 Nov 4:15pm
To all our INCREDIBLE students & future students (and amazing parents),
I wanted to write to keep you updated with where we are at as a College regarding the coronavirus pandemic. We understand the COVID-19 situation varies significantly from country to country, and we want to keep you up to date with the situation in Australia and what it means for our upcoming 2021 semesters for Hillsong College Australia.
Australia has very low COVID-19 cases (with 8 new cases nationwide in the last 48 hours) and continues to enjoy the gradual easing of restrictions across the country. However, our international borders remain closed to foreign travellers and students.
This past semester, we continued to innovate and deliver our on-campus program in a safe, virtual environment for our students, including online chapel. We are thankful for our amazing staff and students who helped make the best of this unexpected situation. The safety of our staff and students is our priority, with a clear COVID-safe plan adhered to all times. As a result, we are pleased to report zero cases of COVID-19 on our Australia campuses this year.
As you may have already heard, we are bringing College back on campus, THIS WEEK! Aiming to start this coming Friday and continuing following Monday, most tutorials will be back on campus. We will continue with our blended delivery for remaining classes and continue to strategize around our options.
We expect we will start our January 2021 semester with a similar mix of on-campus and virtual delivery and will gradually open our campus as the situation continues to improve. With this approach in place for our Vocational and Higher Education on-campus programs in 2021, we are confident our students will continue to receive the quality ministry training and education they experience here at Hillsong College.
For Current Students
To keep our College COVID-safe and compliant to church and all governmental requirements our students in Sydney will be required to sit a short 20-minute presentation outlining the safety requirements necessary for us to function safely on campus. You will receive an email very shortly with a link to COVID 19 SAFE Church Training which will need to be completed if you have not done so already. As always, your safety and well-being are our highest priorities.
For On-Campus Applicants
For our new on-campus applicants (those coming to Sydney when borders open), please remember you will still need to apply for your Australian student visa so that once borders open and international travel is made possible, you can join us on campus and seamlessly continue your studies.
We will continue to keep you updated and encourage you to remain informed via official health authority channels. Let us continue to pray for those affected during this time, our nations and for this virus to be eradicated in Jesus’ name.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you, in person, very soon! Let us continue to stay in faith and finish this year strong and courageous, in one heart and mind.
Lee Burns, Executive Vice President