The safety of all who come on campus is important to us and we want to do all that we can to have a safe and welcoming community. Morling has developed our COVIDsafe policies and procedures to ensure that we meet federal and state directives as well as the requirements outlined by our partners and accrediting bodies.
We are very thankful for the ways that our community has taken measures to keep Morling a COVIDsafe campus and for the fact that, as far as we are aware, no one at Morling has become infected. The precautionary measures we take together will help us stay this way and also give us an opportunity to care and protect others.
Many will be aware that the NSW Government has extended the lockdown for Greater Sydney for another two weeks until 11:59pm on Friday 30 July. In response (as we had foreshadowed) during Weeks 1 and 2 all of our scheduled face-to-face Bible and Theology and Counselling, Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care classes will be livestreamed per our Sydney campus timetables.
Be assured that we will be doing all we can to make the start of Semester as engaging as possible – in whatever mode you are studying! For our livestreamed classes, we will incorporate frequent breaks with shorter sessions to avoid too much “zoom fatigue.” Please let your lecturers know your circumstances, especially where they may affect your ability to participate fully. For CCSC students completing skills-based experiential units this semester, your lecturers are exploring ways to ensure your relational skills development as a counsellor or chaplain is not negatively impacted.
We are excited by what we will be able to achieve together in our lectures, and know from our experiences last year that livestreaming will not stop us from having good discussions and connection with each other. We pray that God will continue to equip and transform us as we learn together.
We want to support you!
For many in our Sydney-based community the reality of balancing various responsibilities is a challenge (especially for those with school aged children or in essential workplaces). We hope that giving you certainty (at least for the next few weeks) allows you to plan and prepare. We know that lockdowns and other uncertainties can impact our mental health and sense of connection. Please take care and support one another. Take time to rest, to exercise, to meet with your church community and others. As always, please let us know your circumstances, reach out for support and share your prayer requests.
For our Education students, school chaplains and counsellors, and others teaching and working in schools throughout Greater Sydney, we appreciate that there may be added expectations from your own schools. Please reach out for support if needed!
Frequently Asked Questions
What about Week 3 and beyond?
We will continue to monitor any COVID-related developments in the Greater Sydney area and inform you of changes for Week 3 and beyond as soon as we can. We will, of course, reintroduce COVID-safe face-to-face attendance options as soon as it is permissible and safe to do so.
What is happening to on-campus classes and extra-curricular activities?
We will continue to offer live-streamed and online units until we have approval to commence face-to-face on-campus classes, in line with the NSW Government guidelines.
Students will be able to access their learning in various modes according to their desired pattern of learning and their own health needs. Our experience of fully online unit delivery in 2020 has highlighted that we are in an excellent position to provide space for deep learning and transformation no matter what mode is taken.
Our Transformational Discipleship Groups will begin as online meetings, but will likely have both on-campus and online options once we are approved for face-to-face options.
What is happening to assignments and where can students get academic support?
We appreciate how disruptive the past few months have been on study and have planned our Semester 2 academic and study schedules with the knowledge that we need to be adaptive and responsive to student needs.
We want our students to succeed in their studies and have thankfully have excellent processes to offer students support and extensions if they are facing particular hardship. Students are encouraged to seek academic support from the lecturer or from Morling’s Academic Tutor.
Is the Library open?
The Library is open to students via appointment, although we hope that the Library spaces will be more readily accessible very soon. Library resources are still able to be borrowed; through a click and collect reserving system or by accessing our growing collection of e-resources.
Are lecturers and administrators still contactable?
Yes – our open door policy has become a virtual open door policy! Even though many of us will be working from campus as well as home, we are still available via the College phone number, email and Zoom.
What is Morling doing to encourage student wellbeing?
We are conscious that at times of crisis, especially one that is global in nature, most people will experience times of feeling alone, anxious, confused, overwhelmed or concerned for others in their family or community. We are committed to walking this journey with our students. We don't want anyone to feel isolated during their time at Morling - at any time, not just during lockdowns! Joining a Discipleship Group (in Sydney campus and online) or the GSF group (in Perth) will give you lots of opportunities to connect and pray for one another. Consider how you can stay connected with those in your units or course. Know that your Student Representatives are planning ways to help build community and share your voice.
In Sydney, the chapel Gathering (via Zoom) will start in Week 1 and our Discipleship Groups will be livestreamed in Week 2 (via Zoom). There will be more information in our @Morling newsletter on Monday so please look out for it in your inbox.
Students can always contact our Dean of Students, Peter Friend, throughout the week.
Our Student Representative Group is also keen to connect, encourage and pray for students.
Our Ezra Counselling Clinic is also still operational (online) for students or members of the public who need a more formal space to process and find support.
Will Morling events still continue?
We are still keen to equip people in our churches, workplaces and neighbourhoods by holding events that will inspire us to live out our faith in real and relevant ways. All events at the moment are being offered online via livestreaming. Please check our Events page for updates.
Is Morling still holding Open Nights or taking enrolments?
Yes! Even though the way we teach may change we are still committed to providing world class training in Bible and Theology, Education, Counselling, and Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. We are exploring ways that this crisis might actually provide new opportunities to equip women and men who want to be better equipped to follow Christ and make an impact in God’s world.
Please see our Events page to register for an Online Information Events and/or contact Rebecca Brown, our Future Student Advisor on our enquiries email.
How can you pray for Morling?
As always, we appreciate your prayers for Morling as we seek to live out the mission and vision God has given us. At this time, please keep our students, staff and residents in your prayers as we navigate new ways of connection, learning and service.
Praise God for his faithfulness, provision and empowering.
Thank God for the ways that Morling has been able to quickly adapt to changing contexts.
Pray for wisdom for those in leadership and godly reliance in decision making.
Pray for those in our Morling Residential College (many who are studying at Macquarie University) and for the MRC staff team.
Pray for the churches and communities our students and staff represent.
And please let us know how we can pray for you!