COVID-19 Message from the CEO

Mandelbaum House is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our residents, staff, and visitors. We continuously monitor the latest health advice and make adjustments in college as required. We are regulated by NSW Health and its expert medical advice, and guided by other medical and mental health professionals. We are also in close contact with the University of Sydney and its Covid-19 Task Force and the Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit.

Mandelbaum House has remained open throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so, unless advised otherwise by NSW Health or other authorities. We are the only Sydney home base for some of our residents and other residents are unable to return to their home countries.

Our residents strive for academic excellence and there is much comradery and support amongst our students to assist each other. The exam results of our residents during the pandemic have been outstanding with a high proportion achieving distinctions and high distinctions.

The heart of college life is community. We understand and empathise that some adjustments made in college this year are contrary to the communal and collegiate life we aspire to. We however recognise we need to prioritise health and safety first and expect all our community to always abide by the rules.

We strongly encourage all community members to get vaccinated if consistent with advice from their doctor.

We expect all our residents and staff to be very familiar with the symptoms of Covid-19 and to monitor their health and well-being. We remind everyone to adhere to good hygiene practices and we provide free masks and hand sanitiser throughout the college. We also provide regular updates to our residents and staff to ensure everyone is aware of new rules and restrictions as per the NSW government announcements.

We understand the importance of maintaining good physical and mental health during these challenging times. We provide nutritious meals, and healthy snacks such as fruit are always readily available.. We have also bought new exercise equipment for our residents including a weight bench, a multi gym power station tower, and a variety of dumbbell weights. We have a pastoral care team who live onsite (CEO and Resident Assistants) who help guide our residents to find suitable mental health professionals if needed.

Applications for 2022 are now open. Our boutique size and caring ethos makes us a safe landing place for students living away from their home. We encourage students who want to enrich their university experience by being actively involved in community life to apply.

I invite you to explore our website and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me directly.

Kindest regards,

Shana Kerlander
CEO, Mandelbaum House
ceo@mandelbaum.usyd.edu.au