Coronavirus Information

September 1st: Priority Testing for HSC Students

COVID-19 test results for HSC students will be prioritised by NSW Health to minimise any impact on HSC preparations.

When HSC students are getting tested, they need to advise the GP or testing clinic that they are currently doing their HSC so their test results can be prioritised.

For more information on this please visit the NSW Department of Education site here.

 


August 28th: ​COVID case at Ryde Secondary College   

As directed by NSW Health all student from Ryde Secondary will be in self isolation while contact tracing takes place, after a teacher from the school tested positive for COVID. To ensure our student from Ryde Secondary are not impacted, they have been been moved to online classes, tutorials and exams, until given the all clear from NSW Health. For any queries as always, Contact us 

For more information on testing and isolation please read the advice from NSW Health:

 


August 20th:​ COVID Safe HSC +ATAR & Online ESPs​

The safety of our students, staff, their families and the wider community remains our priority. With the increasing COVID-19 numbers in Sydney, we will be mandating the wearing of masks or other face covering (while students move in and out of Intuition). For those students who don’t bring their own mask, we will provide them with a disposable one.

The broad scientific consensus is that wearing a mask or face covering can help prevent the spread of the virus.

All staff and students will be wearing masks at all times*. As students enter school trials and approach this year’s HSC we hope this will provide a further safeguard to minimise disruptions and serve as a reminder that COVID is still with us.

For information on correctly using masks please refer to this guide from the WHO.

Reminder, if you are feeling sick, please get tested and isolate. We can organise online alternatives.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to keep us all COVID safe! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

*Note class teachers may not be wearing masks while teaching, but will be at all other times. If students have medical reasons for not wearing a mask please inform us and we will make exemptions.


July 31: Being COVID Safe

Our response to the recent situation highlights the effectiveness of our process. Within 20 minutes of being informed of the potential case, we closed and enacted our COVID Safe Plan. This included a deep clean which was completed within 4 hours of being notified.


Reinforcing some guidelines that we have been following (based on long standing NSW Health Guidelines) and would like to ensure we as a community follow:

  • If you or anyone member of your household is being tested then please isolate until the results are returned. Contact us and we can will organise online alternatives.
  • Please be weary of maintaining good hand hygiene. We have hand sanitisers throughout the building.
  • Masks are available by request from Student Services; we highly encourage their use.
  • Social distance and avoid being within 1.5m of people. Ensure you are seated at pre assigned seats.
  • Mingling inside during breaks and before and after class is discouraged.

Remember, if you have even the mildest symptoms get tested and isolate until you get your results.

For more information on testing and isolation please read the advice from NSW Health:


July 30 Update: Student Returns a NEGATIVE RESULT

We have been advised that the student that was a close contact of a confirmed case has tested NEGATIVE.

That student will be isolating for 14 days. After performing an internal contact tracing the student attended Intuition on the following days:

  • Monday 27th July between 4:00 pm and 6:50 pm for an ESP Exam
  • Tuesday 28th July between 2:30 pm and 7:05 pm for a HSC Maths (Ext 1) Exam Review.

NSW Health has advised that if anyone develops any symptoms, even mild symptoms, they should come forward for testing and isolate until the test results are provided.

In accordance with our COVID Safe plan, the entire building has undergone a thorough deep clean and will return to normal operating hours from today (30th of July). We have opened extra online classes and tutorials this week. Please contact us to move into these classes.

Please feel free to call for more information on 9868 7555 or email us at covid@intu.com.au. We expect a high volume of calls so please bear with us as we try to keep you informed.

We understand this is a stressful time for students and are committed to supporting all our students through this time. As a community we must work together to get through this time


July 29 : CLOSED - Precautionary Closure for deep cleaning

A close contact of an Intuition student has tested positive for Covid-19. The student currently is NOT positive.

We have proactively elected to close for 1 day to perform deep cleaning.

*All Classes, Tutorials and Exams will not run today

* Extra Online Classes and Tutorials will open in the coming days for students to reschedule into.

* Ask-A-Tutor is running as normal.

* A deep clean was performed today by Olinga a COVID-19 Specialised Services Company www.olingaservices.com

* Disinfectants used are hospital grade, proven to kill Coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) www.whiteley.com.au/our-products/viraclean

  • Thursday, 30th of July - Open as normal

We will provide updated information as it becomes available. Should you experience any symptoms we urge you to get tested and remain isolated until your results come back.

For any any questions, please feel free to contact us or email covid@intu.com.au.


July 14 : An update on our progress

Over the past few weeks we have successfully seen the return of face-to-face Tutorials, Exams and several Classes!

  • The July Comprehensive Revision Courses have run very smoothly and proved to be the essential boost so many of our students needed.
  • Term 3 will be running as normal (face-to-face), including our Exam Success Program (ESP)
  • An online alternative is available for those wanting to continue classes and or tutorials online -  time/s will be released shortly


Protecting the health and safety of our entire community and limiting the spread of COVID-19 remains our primary guiding principle.

As part of our enhanced sanitising and social distancing protocols:

  • We’re still providing disposable masks, sanitising stations and disinfecting the entire premises at every changeover and throughout the day.
  • Assigned seating has been set up in every room and;
  • We’ve opened more permanent classes and tutorials to reduce the number of students and to maintain social distancing

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.



June 16 : return to full-time face-to-face!

The last few weeks saw the successful return of face-to-face tutorials and exams!

As we continue to gradually progress, the upcoming July Comprehensive Revision Courses will be run at Intuition*. 

We plan for a full return of face-to-face tuition from Term 3, all student timetables have been reverted back to normal *.

We have also opened additional permanent Classes and Tutorials in order to maintain social distancing.

For our Year 12 students commencing the Exam Success Program (ESP) next term, be sure to select a permanent Exam Time on my-i. Also, for those students who have picked up more subjects for ESP like Economics and Biology, simply head to my-i to create a timetable.

Remember, you have 15 weeks to sit 10 exams

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

* An online alternative is still available


 

May 21: Gradual return to face-to-face tutoring - June 1st

We are excited to announce a voluntary return to face-to-face tuition. As an initial step, all students can now book into extra face-to-face tutorials which will commence June 1st 2020. 

All online Classes and Homework Q&A's will continue as scheduled for the foreseeable future. More details of the phased return are outlined below.

  • Starting June 1st we will be offering extra tutorials at Intuition, call to book into these.
  • We plan for all scheduled exams after June 1st to be sat at Intuition
  • Term 3 will be running as normal (face-to-face), including our Exam Success Program (ESP). More information will be released in the coming weeks. 
  • New additional class and tutorial times will be opened to adhere to social distancing. 
  • Amendments to permanent timetables may be required 
  • The July Comprehensive Revision Course (JCRC), held over the upcoming July School holidays, will be ONLINE. Times will be released shortly.
  • All face-to-face tuition will remain voluntary. We will maintain the option of Online Classes and Tutorials throughout all of Term 3.

As part of our enhanced sanitisation and strict social distancing protocols, all teaching staff will be wearing masks. Disposable masks have also been made available to students at sanitisation stations throughout Intuition. We will be disinfecting the entire premises at every changeover and throughout the day.

For information on payment help during this difficult time please click here.


May 13: COVID-19 Update 

We're cautiously optimistic

As the situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to slowly improve we are actively planning on taking steps to gradually reintroduce (in phases) face-to-face tuition.

As an initial step, we are tentatively planning to reintroduce face-to-face extra tutorials and sitting examinations. This would be on a completely voluntary basis and commence in early June.

While this is a sign of positive progress, there is no immediate change to our approach. All tuition continues online, as scheduled. Our decision to continue online are guided by the safety and well-being of all staff, parents and students.

Enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures have already been implemented among staff onsite. These safeguards will become the new norm for the foreseeable future for all individuals coming to Intuition. We’ll continue to keep you informed ahead of any changes.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.  

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

For information on payment help during this difficult time please click here.


March 31: April Holidays and Term 2

With the ongoing need to manage the outbreak of COVID-19, we expect for Term 2 to continue completely online. 

School Holidays

Over the upcoming school holidays, we will close from the 6th - 26th of April. However, Ask a Tutor and the online marking of homework/exams will still run throughout. In addition, you have access to our expanding online video library, the weekly resources and extra materials. 

Term 2

In order to maintain the safety and well being of our staff we will be shifting away from live tutorials. Instead, we will be introducing live Q&A sessions for homeworks and topics. In the coming days, we will call you to organise your new permanent timetable consisting of one live class and one live Q&A session.

Complementary Revision Course

In addition to all the live components outlined below, current students who maintain their enrolment will be provided with a complimentary enrolment into both the July and October Comprehensive Revision Courses. With all the disruptions, we feel our students will need extra help, these revisions courses together represent 24 hours of extra tuition.

Online Learning

All Intuition students will have access to the following in the my-i online learning suite:

  • Live Classes: the aim is to replicate the face-to-face experience. With the aid of our online workbooks, the teacher and class tutor go through the lesson; students can ask questions through the class tutor on the live stream
  • Online marking of homework: We will mark homework & exams online. Students will be provided with information and comments on how they can improve; marks are recorded.
  • Live Q&A on Homeworks: The live Q&A’s run for 2 hours and go through the common homework issues, as well as a general Q&A’s on the respective topic. As part of this we will separate students into ‘breakout rooms’, to ensure students with similar questions can get the help they require.
  • Unlimited Access to Ask a Tutor: Students can ask both Intuition and school related questions at any time.
  • Videos on Topics: Short videos to help students consolidate knowledge; this library is expanding and more will be added throughout the coming weeks.
  • Access to Resources: We have enabled access to our resources through my-i. This will ensure students have access to everything they need to continue learning through videos.      

For more information on these visit our Online Learning page. As mentioned, we'll be in contact shortly in regards to timetables. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Finally for information on payment help during this difficult time please click here, or contact us.


March 25: Update to Online Learning

Our first online classes started this week and the feedback has been very positive! We will improve and make them even better over time.

We are excited to introduce two new features to our online learning suite in my-i Online Marking and Live tutorials. This is in addition to Ask a Tutor, Online Videos and our Live Classes (for more information click here).

  • Online Marking: Students will be able to upload homework and exams for marking. Students can either scan or take pictures (as one single file please) and upload them into my-i. We’ll then be able to mark them and re-upload the marked work. For exams, as always, you will also have access to the detailed marking guidelines.
  • Live Tutorials: Students will gain access to a 45-minute session with a tutor to go through their work. It’s essential to prepare for your tutorials and have a set of questions ready. Tutors will help with working, guide you to the answers and help consolidate theory. These spaces will be limited and students need to call to book these. In order to take part in these tutorials you will need to agree to share audio and/or video with Intuition (note all tutors will be at our offices in Epping).

Remember, the quickest way to get assistance is via Ask a Tutor. We're here to support you with school and Intuition work.

If the lockdown is expanded, we will be unable to run tutorials as described above. In this situation, we will implement another feature we have ready to ensure students are still able to correct their homeworks and exams.

With the news from NESA that the HSC will run this year, the need for continuity of learning is vital to ensuring the success of students in this challenging time. Intuition is committed to providing you with ongoing support for your learning during this time. Remember you can keep updated with information on what Intuition is doing at this site.

Finally, our office hours have changed during this time. They are 2pm-8pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends, again these are subject to change. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


March 23: Online Classes Commence

From today Intuition will be ONLINE only. Our first live classes start today, all students should be attending them as they would any normal class. Later this week, we’ll be launching our first live tutorials and enabling the submission of homework online.

As schools transition to online rest assured Intuition is ALREADY ONLINE and ready to provide support for all students.

We aim to provide continuity of education for all students, throughout the remainder of this term and will continue this as long as required. The NESA board will be meeting on Tuesday to provide more information about the HSC and the nature of the HSC this year. We will update you as soon as we find out.

We look forward to sending more information about our online tutorials and online marking in the coming days.


March 21: FAQs & Online Learning

As previously mentioned all face-to-face tutoring will be halted from Monday. Students have begun receiving their resource packs and have been booked into their online live classes. We will continue contacting all students over the weekend.

For more information on our online offerings please visit our Online Learning page. If you have more questions please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Finally we'd like to thank all our staff, students and parents during this time. We will continue to support all our students online through their assessments and as long as required. We're committed to ensuring students are still learning and improving during this difficult time.


For older news items please refer to the coronavirus news archive.

At Intuition we take the issues associated with COVID-19 very seriously. As part of our COVID-Safe plan Intuition has implemented the following:

  • Mandatory mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks while at Intuition. If a student does not have their own mask one will be provided.
  • Social distancing within classes and tutorials: Rooms and dedicated seating has been arranged to ensure social distancing.
  • Regular Disinfecting: All tables and common areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected on top of regular deep cleans done over night.
  • Online Alternatives: To ensure the continuity of learning students that are at all sick (even with mildest symptoms) or those awaiting test results can move to online learning, and as such are never disadvantaged.

For the latest information on our response please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.