St Patrick's Newsletter

27 February 2020
Issue Four
From the Principal
Big Write -Talk Homework Parent Information Session
What's On
School News
Mini Vinnies
Classrooms News
School Assembly
Library News
Our Children & Well Being
General News
Health & Safety
P & F
Support Services for Drought - Affected Communities
Catholic Church Insurance
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Walcha
(02) 6777 2328
51N South St
Walcha, NSW, 2354


St Patrick's Church Walcha

Weekend Mass Time: Sunday - 10am

For Baptism or Marriage enquiries phone Monsignor Ted Wilkes 67784070

 Prayer - Lent

Hear my prayer as I begin this Lenten journey with you.



O God, you ask of us repentance and conversion of life. At the beginning of this holy season may we embrace the fullness of our life in Christ Jesus:
~ Create in us new hearts, O God.
~ In a world of violence and denial of basic human dignity, may we be lights in the darkness:
~ In a world of abundance which allows children to go hungry, may we work to banish famine and malnutrition:
~ In a world which places ambition and the quest for wealth and power above the values of family and faith, may we stand as witnesses that you are the source of all true happiness:
~ In a world where disagreements and longstanding ill will are resolved by war and civil disruption, may we be reconcilers and unifiers:
~ In a world created through your love and charged with your presence, may we teach others to see your face in all people and all creation:
~ In a world which hungers for meaning and searches for you, may we accompany those journeying to you and support them through our prayer and witness:


Source: Morning & Evening Prayers of the Sisters of Mercy

Words from Catherine McAuley

Our charity is to be cordial. Now cordial signifies something that renews, invigorates and warms. Such should be the effect of our love for each other.



Lent is....

Lent is a time of personal renewal in our faith life. It is time reflect upon where we are in our relationship with God and with those around us. It is a time when we are called to stop, practise some form of self denial so that we have space in our lives to give priority to God, to build our relationship with God and to think more of others. Lent started with Ash Wednesday.


Lent is a particular time when we are called to live the Principle of the Primacy of God and the value of “Love of God and Love of Neighbour.” We are called to remember the command to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbour as ourself. We are called to remember that each person is created by God and for God, has dignity and life is to be respected.



Each year our school supports the works of Caritas through Project Compassion. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year's theme is 'Go Further Together'. 

This week a Project Compassion box will be sent home for Lent. We are particularly encouraged during Lent to give greater attention to those who might be in need. One way we are able to do this is by supporting Project Compassion over the next forty days of Lent by making monetary contributions (big or small) to these boxes.

Please remember Prayers for those in need and random acts of kindness that don't cost money are equally valued as monetary contribution.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Thank you to our parents & friends who joined the school for Mass on Wednesday 26th February / Ash Wednesday.


Sacrament Dates 2020

2020 First Holy Communion Date has been set for our Catholic students in Year 3 for Sunday 14th June at 10am - Year 3 Catholic Students.   Please put this date in your calendar.

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day

Thank you to the Mini Vinnies children & their families for making pancakes. Mini Vinnies sold the pancakes at morning tea on Tuesday. The money raised is for CARITAS - Project Compassion.


Project Compassion

The beginning of Lent marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. We are encouraged to put our compassion into action this Lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Each student will receive a Project Compassion box for their donations. Let’s Go Further, Together!

From the Principal

Diocesan Swimming Carnival

Best wishes to Ella Lynch & Hunter Thornbury who will compete at the Diocesan Swimming Carnival in Moree on Friday 28 February. We wish them well in their races.

Parent Information Evening on Big Write - Talk Homework

Thank you to our parents who were able to attend the session on Tuesday evening. Please see the following page in the newsletter that has information from the parent evening.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 8 & Week 9 this term for parents & teachers to discuss how students have settled into school and set individual goals for 2020. A note will be sent home with times for parents to nominate next week.

Primary Classes Yr 3-6 Science and Engineering Discovery Day on Tuesday, 10 March

Our primary students have been offered an incredible opportunity to attend the Science and Engineering Discovery Day on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at Lazenby Hall University of New England.

St Patrick’s School is being sponsored to attend by the Walcha Rotary Club. We thank the President Mr Andrew Corlette who is covering the cost of the $480 registration fee and subsidising part of the cost of the bus. This generous gift leaves the cost of $8.00 per student to attend.

The Science and Engineering Discovery Day is presented by The University of Newcastle in cooperation with University of New England, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer & Rotary Clubs of Armidale. I would also like to thank Mr David Steller the local organiser of the Science and Engineering Discovery Day in Armidale, for the invitation to attend and organising our sponsorship.


A permission note has been sent home today with the Yr 3-6 Primary students. Parents please complete the permission note and return to school by next Tuesday 3rd March.

Student Information,Medical & Medication Updates, Media Release & Computer Code of Conduct forms.

The 2020 Student Information envelopes should have been returned to the school office by now. It is essential that family records are up to date. Please complete and return by TOMORROW FRIDAY 28th February if you have not already returned the forms.

Clean Up Australia Day - Friday 28th February

On Friday St Patrick's children will participate in Clean Up Australia Day by picking up rubbish within our school grounds.

Big Write -Talk Homework
Parent Information Session

Big Write-Talk Homework Information Session

Thank you to our parents who were able to attend the session on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend you can view the PowerPoint below on the Big Write Talk Homework..


Homework for Big Writes

Students will be given their topic the night before a Big Write. The children TALK with family, to gather ideas & language about the topic.


Parents can use the VCOP to assist with discussions. 

V - vocabulary and how to up-level words
C - different words to use when connecting ideas in a sentence
O - varied openers when starting sentences
P - can you use punctuation in your writing?  C . ? , ! " " Where do they go? 


Classes will be doing a Big Write in a fortnight cycle. We will roll out our first Big Write next week!


St Patrick's 2020 Annual Improvement Plan


Parent Information Night


What's On


Office hours:  8.30am - 3.30pm 

Phone:  67772328


Postal Address:  PO Box 165 Walcha NSW 2354

2020 Term 1 Dates

28th February - Diocesan Swimming Carnival - Moree

6th March Whole School Assembly 11:30am

13 /14th March Walcha Show

16th March Life Ed Van

Week 8 & 9 Parent Teacher Interviews

17th March St Patrick's Day Whole School Mass & Green Day!

19th March St Joseph's Day

20th March Diocesan Winter Trials Inverell

27th March School Mass & Reconciliation


3rd April Diocesan Touch Football Trials

3rd April  Whole School Assembly

5th  April Palm Sunday

6th  April Holy Week

7th  April Chrism Mass

9th  April Holy Thursday 

9th  April Last Day of Term 1

10th  April Good Friday

12th  April Easter Sunday


June 14 Sunday 10am - Year 3 Catholic Students

2020 NSW School Term Dates 

Term 1      Tuesday 28th January - Thursday 9th April

Term 2       Monday 27th April -  Friday 3rd July

Term 3       Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September

Term 4       Monday 12th October- Friday 18th December


St Patrick's Scheduled Pupil Free Days for 2020-

Monday 27th April

Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December

School News

Student Information,Medical & Medication Updates, Media Release & Computer Code of Conduct forms.

  Please make sure you have returned this paperwork to the school office whether you have made any changes or not, thank you. ALL student froms need to be returned by TOMORROW Friday 28th February.

St Patrick's Music Program 2020

The Year 3/4 Wood Wind and Percussion Group instrument contract was sent home with the children on Monday. Parents please sign & return the contract so the instruments can go home with the children next week.


Woodwind Instruments

We have had some families enquire about music lessons with the NECOM Music Teachers who come to St Pat's on a Monday.

Mr James McKay is available to discuss music lessons for Woodwind instruments only on a Monday afternoon after the school music lessons. These private Monday afternoon lessons would be organised through NECOM. 

Please phone Mrs Pittman at school and make a time to see Mr James McKay on a Monday after 1:30pm if you would like to discuss Woodwind lessons for your child.

Mini Minstrels

 We are very excited that our 2020 program is K-6 and our Yr 5 & 6 will be learning the recorder with Mrs Mackson. The recorders were donated to the school by the  Rural Aid Program.



2020 Swimming Dates

 Friday 28th February - Diocesan Swimming Carnival - Moree

GOOD LUCK -Ella Lynch & Hunter Thornbury on Friday who will compete at the Diocesan Carnival.

Thank you to their mum's for taking them to Moree.

Sport Term 1 Dates

Friday 28th February - Diocesan Swimming Carnival (Moree)

Friday 20th March - Diocesan Winter Trials - Netball, Rugby League, Soccer and Hockey (Inverell)

Friday 3rd April - Diocesan Touch Football trials (Tamworth)

Wednesday  25th March - Polding Swimming Carnival 


Parents can apply for an Active Kids Voucher. This is a rebate of a $100 voucher to parents/guardians of school enrolled children. The $100 voucher can be used for registration and participation costs for sport and fitness activities. Every child (4.5 - 18 years’ old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 is eligible. It will not be means tested and one voucher will be available for every child in the family annually over the next four years. There will be no limits on the number of applications per family, as long as every child is enrolled in school. For more information about what sports are covered and how to claim the rebate please access the following link

Mini Vinnies

Shrove Tuesday 25th February

Congratulations & thank you to the Mini Vinnies children & their families for making pancakes for Tuesday.

All money raised on Tuesday will go to Caritas Australia for 2020 Project Compassion.


Mini Vinnies Executive Positions 2020

President -  Sasha Macarthur-Onslow

Vice President - Addison Smith

Secretary - Annabelle Patterson-Kane

Treasurer - Bella Miller

Events Organiser - Campbell Smith

Publicity Officer - Amelia Miller

St Patrick's Day 17th March

Mini Vinnies are organising events for St Patrick's Day! Here are the ideas from Wednesdays meeting. Watch this page for more details next week!

*Wear GREEN to school on the 17th March. (GOLD coin donation, money goes to Project Compassion)

*Colour In Competition  (GOLD coin entry fee, money goes to Project Compassion)

*Lunch Time Games

*Share Green Food - Kindergarten, Year 1 &  Year 2 bring a plate of food to share that is GREEN with the school.

Grapes, Apples, Green Jelly, Green Cakes, Green Cucumbers, Green Snakes.............


Classrooms News

WALCHA SHOW - Horticulture Items

Dear Parents,

It's that time of year again when the students at St Patrick’s are getting ready for the show. Similar to other years, the students will have the opportunity to submit three items in the show;

1- Class Display,

2- Show schedule competition for 2021 show and

3- Horticulture item.

This year for the horticulture item the teachers are requesting the majority of this be made at home. All the items needed can be found in gardens, parks, etc. Mrs Phyllis Hoy has left some items at school  for  final touches if needed.

Below are pictures and a description outlining what item your child needs to make their horticulture item.

Items need to be brought to school by Wednesday 11th March/ Week 7 and the school will deliver them to the show to be displayed.

Patterned Seed Plate up to 30cm




Mobile String up to 50cm



Design in/on a LOG up to 30cm



School Assembly

School Assembly -  2020 11:30am Library

Our  next Whole School Assembly will be  on Friday the 6th March 2020  

All Parents & Friends are invited to join us for the Assembly in the school Library.



Jelly Bean Cup 

Each Assembly the Jelly Bean Cup is awarded to a class who has outstanding achievement in a particular area.  The next award will be for the tidest bag rack area.


Friday award went to Year 1/2 - for the best manners 21/02/2020



Attendance Data

It is important that our children attend school as regularly as possible. The data below shows how easily the days add up! 

1 or 2 days a week doesn't seem much, but....


 Just a little bit late doesn't seem much, but....


Library News


Library bags matter not just some of the time ... but all of the time

Library lessons will be on TUESDAYS.

ALL students will need a library bag for borrowing books.


Our Children & Well Being

Our Children & Well Being

This is a recent article shared by Chris Smyth - director of the Armidale Catholic Schools Office. Mr Smyth shared this on the CSO e-bulletin. He stated that " the following article reminds us of some of the issues of our student population (but not all of our students). The article provokes a healthy conversation! " 

I share it with you for your reflection as it makes some interesting points and reaffirm what you are already doing!


Dr. Ovid, a pediatrician neurologist, warning about a silent tragedy that is growing today in our homes.


There is a silent tragedy that is growing today in our homes, and concerns our most beautiful jewellery: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Over the past 15 years, scientists have given us increasingly disturbing statistics on a sharp and steady increase in childhood mental illness that is now epidemic:

Statistics don't lie:

• 1 out of 5 children have mental health issues

• A 43 % increase was seen in ADHD

• A 37 % increase in teenage depression was seen

• A 200 % increase in the suicide rate among children between 10 and 14 years of age has been seen.


What's going on and what are we doing wrong?


Today's children are over-stimulated and over-given material items, but they are deprived of the foundation of a healthy childhood, such as:

• emotionally available parents

• clearly defined limits

• responsibility

• balanced nutrition and proper sleep

• movement in general but especially outdoors

• Creative game, social interaction, casual play opportunities and spaces for boredom


Instead, these last few years have been filled to the children of:

• Digitally distracted parents

• Self-indulgent parents who let children "rule the world" and be the ones who set the 


• A sense of law, deserve everything without earning it or be responsible for getting it

• Inappropriate sleep and unstable nutrition

• A sedentary lifestyle

• Endless stimulation, tech nannies, instant gratification and absence of boring moments


What to do?

If we want our children to be happy and healthy individuals, we need to wake up and get back to the basics. It's still possible! Many families see immediate improvements after weeks of implementation of the following recommendations:

• Set limits and remember that you are the captain of the boat. Your kids will feel safer knowing  

   that you have control of the wheel.

• Give children a balanced lifestyle filled with what children need, not just what they want. 

   Don't be afraid to say ' no ' to your kids if what they want isn't what they need.

• Provide nutritious food and reduce junk food.

• Spend at least one hour a day outside doing activities such as: Cycling, hiking, fishing, bird / 

   insect watching.

• Enjoy a daily family dinner without smartphones or technology that distract them.

• Play table games with the family or if the kids are too small for table games, get carried away by 

   your interests and let them be the ones who send in the game.

• Get your children involved in a home job or task depending on their age (folding clothes, 

   order toys, hanging clothes, unpack food, setting the table, feeding the dog etc. 

• Apply a consistent sleep routine to make sure your child sleeps long enough. Schedules will be 

   even more important for school-age children.

• Teaching responsibility and independence. Don't protect them too much from frustration or 

   error. Wrong will help them develop resilience and learn to overcome the challenges of life.

• Don't load your children's backpack, don't carry your backpacks, don't take the stain they 

   forgot, don't peel the bananas or peel the oranges if they can do it (4-5 years old). Instead of 

    giving them the fish, show them to fish.

• Teach them how to wait and delay reward.

• Offer opportunities for "boredom" because boredom is the moment when creativity wakes up. 

   Don't feel responsible for always keeping kids entertained.

• Do not use technology as a cure for boredom, nor offer it at the first second of activity.

• Avoid the use of technology during meals, cars, restaurants, shopping centres. Use these 

   moments as opportunities to socialize by training the brains to know how to work when they 

   are in mode: "boredom"

• Help them create a "bottle of boredom" with ideas of activities for when they get bored.

• Be emotionally available to connect with children and teach them self-regulation and social 


• Turn off phones at night when children have to go to bed to avoid digital distraction.

• Become an emotional regulator or coach of your children. Teach them to recognize and handle 

   their own frustration and anger.

• Show them to greet, take tricks, share without staying with nothing, say thank you and please 

   recognize the mistake and apologize (don't make them), be a model of all these values that he 


• Connect emotionally - smile, kiss, kiss, tickled, read, dance, jump, play or gate with them.


Article written by Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos, a psychologist.

General News

Skoolbag App 

How to Install SkoolBag on your phone.

Instructions for parents installing the SkoolBag app.

The SkoolBag school app is the best way for parents to stay up-to-date with all school communications.

Follow the instructions below to download the SkoolBag app and stay connected with what’s happening in your school.

For iPhone and iPad users:

Click on the “Download on the App Store” button above, or go to the Apple App Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) and you’re ready to go!

For Google Android Users:

Click on the “Get it on Google play” button above, or go to the Google Play Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) and you’re ready to go!

Looking for help using the SkoolBag App?




The Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA) NSW are holding their 2020 Conference at the Max Centre Moree on Wed and Thurs 18-19 March. They are also co-hosting an Information Day with the NSW Dept of Education at the same venue on Tuesday 17 March and they have extended an invitation to the Diocese Of Armidale School Parents. This Information Day is a free event.

Early Childhood Music Program 6mths-5yrs


Centacare- Keeping Kinds in Mind


O'Connor Catholic College Presents...Mary Poppins



2020 School travel applications now open

 Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019. 

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

·       are continuing at the same school

·       are residing at the same address

·       have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

 Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

 Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

 Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

 If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

 Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued. 

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020. 

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

Free Parenting on Purpose


United Hockey Club


Harlequins Hockey Club

Harlequins Hockey Club are seeking expressions of interest from players interested in playing junior hockey this year. We will be fielding teams in Under 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s girls (played on Saturday mornings). Girls can play in all divisions and boys are welcome to play in the under 9 and 11s girls competition on Saturday mornings . If we have enough interest we will also field Boys teams played on Friday evenings. Please send an email nominating your child's name and intention to play and which age division they are eligible to play in.

Please contact either:

Louise Vaughan (junior co-coordinator) at  OR

Alisa Gray (junior co-coordinator) at

Kind Regards

Louise Vaughan

Harlequins Hockey Club Junior Co-ordinator

Breakaways Hockey

Hockey Seasons is almost here!

Breakaways Hockey Club are a family orientated club who are the longest running club in Hockey New England. 

We are currently looking for school age juniors of all levels & abilities to participate in the upcoming season. 

We will be entering our junior teams in the Saturday morning competition in U8, U11, U13 & U15 age groups. 

Active Kids Vouchers are welcome. 

If you or someone you know are interested in playing please email us on: or phone Mark 0400 340 830 or Michelle 0435 102 929 

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Down Syndrome Awareness Day on 21st March every year. Visit NSW Down Syndrome for more information.

Health & Safety


If your child needs to take medication during school hours eg. antibiotics or antihistamines, a Medical Permission Form is required to be completed and handed into the front office along with the medication.  

Please see Mrs Pittman in the Office.


If your child is unwell or presented with the following symptoms please keep them at home until they have seen a doctor and started treatment. Symptoms include: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness). Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea (most common in children). To avoid passing it on to others children are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and wash their hands regularly. For more information please go to


If your child is unwell or presents with inflamed blisters that pop, weep and form crusts, please keep them at home until they have seen a doctor and started treatment. To avoid passing it on to others children are encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Impetigo is highly contagious. For more information please go to

Healthdirect -Free Australian health advice.

School exclusion periods

If your child has an infectious condition, you may need to keep them at home from day care or school to stop it from spreading. Here’s a list of common childhood illnesses and their recommended exclusion periods.

If you would like to learn more about any of these conditions, go to

Common symptoms and how it's spread Chickenpox causes mild fever and a rash of red, itchy patches. These turn into fluid-filled blisters before they crust over to form scabs and eventually drop off. Chickenpox spreads through close person-to-person contact and droplets in the air (from sneezing and coughing, for example).
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until all blisters have dried, which is usually around 5 days after the rash first appeared.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Common symptoms of a cold include coughing, low-grade fever, a sore throat, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose. Colds are spread through droplets in the air – from coughs or sneezes, for example – and on surfaces.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? No, there is no need to exclude a child with the common cold if they seem well.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Conjunctivitis, or 'pink eye', causes redness and swelling of the outer layer of the eye and inside the eyelid. It can also cause sore and watery eyes, with pus. Conjunctivitis spreads through contact with the discharge from an infected eye, nose or throat.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until the discharge (pus) from their eyes has stopped — unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Diarrhoea is loose, watery stools occurring more than 3 times in 1 day. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria, parasite, food poisoning, allergy, or other conditions. Stomach cramps, nausea, a fever, headache and loss of appetite are common associated symptoms.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until they have not had a loose bowel motion or other symptoms for 24 hours and if there is no cause identified. They may need to stay home for 48 hours until the cause has been identified.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Gastroenteritis, also known as ‘gastro’, can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as nausea and stomach pains. It spreads easily from having contact with an infected person (or their vomit or stools). It can also spread via contaminated food or water.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until they have not had a loose bowel motion or other symptoms for 24 hours and if there is no cause identified. They may need to stay home for 48 hours until the cause has been identified.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Common symptoms and how it's spread The main symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease are fever and tiny blisters on the cheeks and gums, inside the mouth and on the hands and feet. Children pass it on easily by touching other kids, or toys that other children will play with.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until all blisters have dried.
Head lice
Common symptoms and how it's spread Head lice are tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed that live in the hair of humans. They bite and cause itching of the skin. Lice can be passed between people by close head-to-head contact and sharing personal items, such as combs.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? No, as long as effective treatment begins before the next school day.
Influenza (flu)
Common symptoms and how it's spread Influenza, or 'the flu', commonly causes symptoms such as high fever, dry cough, muscle ache and fatigue. Less common symptoms include sore throat and a runny nose. Children may also have abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It spreads from person to person through droplets in the air.
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until they are well.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Early symptoms of measles include fever, cough, feeling tired, sore throat, runny nose, discomfort when looking at light and sore, watery eyes. A rash appears after 3 to 4 days. The spots (or blotches) are red and slightly raised. Measles spreads through droplets in the air.
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, from the onset of symptoms to 4 days after the rash appears.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Mumps is recognisable by the painful swellings on the side of the face under the ears. Other symptoms include headache, joint pain and a high temperature. It's spread by close contact or by coughing and sneezing.
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, for 9 days or until the swelling goes down (whichever is sooner).
Common symptoms and how it's spread Symptoms of rubella, or 'German measles', include a distinctive red-pink skin rash, swollen glands (nodes), and cold-like symptoms such as a mild fever, sore head and runny nose. Rubella is spread through personal contact, or by coughing and sneezing.
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until they have recovered fully, or for at least 4 days after the rash first appeared.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Scabies is an infestation of mites (tiny insects) that burrow under the skin causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. Scabies is passed from person to person through close skin contact or the sharing of clothing, towels and bedding. It's not caused by poor personal hygiene.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until the day after they start appropriate treatment.
Common symptoms and how it's spread Threadworms, or 'pinworms', look like 1cm-long pieces of white thread. The main symptom is itching in the anal area or around the vagina. Kids are often infected by getting threadworm eggs on their hands and then putting their hands in their mouth.
Is a vaccine available? No
Should I keep my child home from school? No, exclusion is not necessary.
Whooping cough (pertussis)
Common symptoms and how it's spread Whooping cough, or 'pertussis', usually begins with a persistent dry cough that progresses to intense bouts of coughing, including a 'whooping' noise as the child breathes in. It’s passed on through close personal contact, sneezing and coughing.
Is a vaccine available? Yes
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes, until 5 days after they started antibiotics, or for 21 days from the beginning of their cough.



National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Staying Healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services, 5th Edition)

Last reviewed: July 2018

P & F


2020 Committee

President   - Vanessa Arundale

Vice President - Lisa Patterson-Kane

Secretary - Chloe Hoy

Treasurer - Karen Blomfield

P & F will cover the cost of the following Student Activities for 2020

Mini Minstrels Music Program for 5 weeks each term,


Reading Eggs 

Classroom resources/stationery items

Thank you for all of the fundraising events throughout 2019 to pay for these important resources.

Upcoming events

Bulb Drive

Easter Raffle

Mothers Day Stall

Street Stall


Parents are reminded that all contact with the school should be through the front office.  Please ensure that emails advising of absences, changes to routine, requests for meetings etc, are sent to the school email.  Please note the email address -


The Long Luncheon Committee has carefully considered the current conditions due to the drought and has decided to postpone the Long Luncheon planned for April 2020 until April 2021. The committee is committed to ensuring that the Long Luncheon will take place in 2021.


*******NO CANTEEN FRIDAY 28th FEB 2020******

We need a volunteer to do canteen Monday 2nd March. Please let the Canteen Coordinators or school know if you are available to help out.

TERM 1 2020 Canteen

Please check the roster and contact Liz Turner on 0427 776502 or Chloe Hoy 0400 389 573 if there are any problems.

If you don't have your Working With Children Check done on line,  you can do the Working With Children Declaration at the school office (you will need to bring 100 points of identification, either as originals or as certified copies).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Canteen Co-ordinators Liz Turner and Chloe Hoy


WWCC - it is a requirement that ALL PEOPLE (incuding parents) who spend time working with children in classrooms or working in the canteen provide to the school one of the following:

Working With Children Check - on line application - lasts five years - this is the preferred option.

Working With Children Declaration - only for those who are exempt from the WWCC.  Form available at the office - lasts one year - requires one hundred points of identification (we need original or certified copy of documents).


Once again we are asking that those parents who do not have a Working With Children Check please take steps to obtain one.   If you already have one, please notify the school of your WWCC number and your date of birth for verification.




The school uniform is available from Tracey Hoy in Walcha who can be contacted at:

Phone: 0428772822 or Email:

Hours Mon-Fri afternoons 3-5pm or by appointment

186w Croudace St Walcha 


Term 1 Uniform 

Term 1 -  students are expected to be in full summer uniform. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to ensure that the children are in the correct school uniform in a neat and tidy manner each day.

This is a very important aspect of school as it teaches the children to understand that standards are important in their lives, as well as respecting the community they belong to.


The School Secretary is available to assist you with the Clothing Pool between 8:30-9am, 1:00 -1:30pm  or 3:00- 3:30pm


School Hats

All children must have a school hat at school to wear every day.

 School hats are now purchased through Tracey Hoy.


At school we are more than happy to return lost uniform items to students.  However, to do this, the items need to be clearly labelled.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled.  

Correct Uniform

 It is very important that the children wear their uniform with pride.

 If your child is not able to wear the correct uniform please send a note to school explaining the reason.

 If a child is repeatedly out of uniform with out an explanation parents will be contacted. 



Price list for uniform is attached.  Please see Mrs Pittman in the school office for the Uniform Order form OR print out the copy below and return to the school office or Tracey Hoy

Or  make sure you collect a uniform order form from our wonderful helpers at the front office.


Support Services for Drought - Affected Communities

Links for drought assistance:

In this difficult time you might need to reach out for assistance, here are some services that have come to my attention.



Catholic Church Insurance

Student Care Insurance

All children enrolled at a Catholic School in the Armidale Diocese are covered for accidents 24hrs day / 365 days a year. It covers students if they are at school, sport, or on holidays. 

There are exclusions and conditions that apply to what is covered, for example exclusions apply if the student has been consuming alcohol, drugs, riding motorcycles, on joy flights, suicide, or terrorism related accidents.  CCI can not pay medical expenses where a medicare benefit is payable.

For information about Student Care Insurance please visit

St Patrick's Newsletter
Uniform PDF for newsletter.pdf
Minutes 17-2-20 P & F.docx
Copy of Parent Information Session (1).pptx
Copy of Parent Information Session (1).pptx
Copy of Parent Information Session Big Write.pdf
AIP 2020 St Patrick's Walcha 24.2.2020.pdf