Coronavirus (COVID-19) UpdateMarch 27, 2020
COVID-19 – Vose Seminary
As you are no doubt aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared a COVID-19 pandemic, and in Australia many new health directives have been put into place to protect members of the community vulnerable to the virus, and to help slow its spread lest the health system be overwhelmed with people seeking treatment. One of the most important ways to slow and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and so to protect those in our community who are especially vulnerable to the disease, is to limit public gatherings and associations wherever possible and practicable. Vose Seminary together with the Baptist Union of Western Australia will continue to monitor this developing situation.
Vose Seminary response to COVID-19:
In accordance with the decision of many universities and colleges in our country, we have also decided to temporarily suspend on-campus classes at Vose and replacing them with ‘Zoom’ classes. Your trainers and lecturers will be communicating with you regarding this new arrangement.
Attendance to ‘Zoom’ classes should be considered the same as attendance to on-campus classes and we will be recording weekly attendance for each session. Weekly face to face attendance in your units will provide a better teaching and learning experience and outcomes. This will also provide ways for us to support and pray for you during these unprecedented times.
We do realise the unprecedented season in which we now live, and that you may be affected at some point during the Semester. Therefore, if you do not expect to be able to attend the live Zoom class meetings, please notify your lecturer and the Student Services team as soon as possible for us to find ways to assist and support you as best as we can.
If you need any assistance with attending your ‘Zoom’ classes, resources are available for students via Vose Online. You can also contact your lecturer, Aaron Chidgzey our Director of Online Learning or the Student Services team for assistance.
The Commencement and Conferral Service scheduled on the 26th of March and the Booksale on the 4th of April have been cancelled are there are no plans at this stage to reschedule.
This year’s graduates will be able to join in with next years group to ensure that they do not miss out on the ceremony.
We cannot take any more second-hand books for the next year so please do not drop any further books at Vose. We quite simply do not have anywhere to put them.
The Vose Seminary Library is now closed to the general public and is available for students, by appointment only.
Students can book an appointment to use the library for 1/2 an hour per day by calling 08 6313 6288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Students can access the library between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday by appointment only.
There will be no late nights on campus for the rest of Semester.
Public members can still access their online eBooks and resources, and if you need help with this, please contact the Library at 08 6313 6288 or email@example.com.
Students are able to contact the Library if they are unable to pick up their books.
Please regularly refer to the Student eNews and this page for future Library updates as we are monitoring things closely and will more than likely close the library completely in the new future.
We are following the Health & Hygiene advice from:
- World Health Organization
- Australian Government
- Australian Department of Health
- Western Australia Department of Health
Thank you for all your flexibility and patience with these developments. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated, and we know that as we work together, we will have a very fruitful and productive semester. We are living in unusual times and have made these decisions because we believe it will be beneficial not only to ourselves but just as importantly, to others in our community who are very vulnerable.
We can and should pray diligently and fervently for all in our community, and we should also act in practical ways in accordance with our prayer. Our dear brother James reminds us that ‘the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective’ (James 5:16), and also that ‘faith without works [of mercy on behalf of others] is dead’ (James 2:14-26). Please join us in this prayer and in faithful action on behalf of others.
If you have any queries about any of our new arrangements for teaching and learning, or if you experience any technical difficulties along the way, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will do whatever we can to help.