St Patrick's Newsletter

26 March 2020
Issue Eight
From the Principal
What's On
Handy Hints for Home School Learning!
Activities to do at Home
Coronavirus Information 
Online safety for parents and carers
Mini Vinnies 
School News
Health & Safety
Library News
General News
All SPORT Postponed
P & F
School Assembly
Big Write -Talk Homework  
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

POPE FRANCIS - asks us to pray the Our Father 
“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the [coronavirus] pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven,” Pope Francis said.

“I invite the heads of the churches and the leaders of all the Christian communities, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the All Powerful God, by reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Our Lord Jesus has taught us,” he said.

“I therefore invite everyone to recite the Our Father at midday on March 25 next, on the day when many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, so that the Lord may listen to the unanimous prayer of all his disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ,” Francis said.


Prayer - Lent



A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving God,

Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.

We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.

We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. 

We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. 

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.

Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.

Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,

You, the God who does not abandon.



Words from Catherine McAuley

'How quietly the great God does all His mighty works! Darkness is spread over us, and light breaks in again, and there is no noise of drawing curtains or closing shutters'.



Project Compassion 

Thirty-two-year-old Sakun lives in a village in central east India. She developed polio as a child and has difficulty walking. Until now Sakun, an indigenous Gond woman, has been isolated in her community, unable to earn a livelihood and without knowledge of government schemes that could help her. After joining a Caritas Australia-funded program, Sakun has learned new skills and gained important mobility. Through their strategic guidance and support, Sakun now earns her own income and makes a small profit which goes towards her family’s basic needs. She is more resilient, more confident and more independent.



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.

From the Principal

Letter to Parents - Coronavirus 

Firstly I would like to say thank you for your support in this very difficult and daunting time with the Coronavirus. It is so important that we keep in touch and support each other. Please feel free at any time to contact me by phone, at school or by email if you have any questions.


As you are aware schools will remain open at this point in time, as we are providing an essential service to the community. However it is recommended that if possible you keep your child / children at home.


I can guarantee you that there will be a teacher at school to care for your child / children every day. I cannot guarantee that it will be your child’s teacher. I have teachers who are at risk health wise and cannot come to school, teachers who need to self-isolate and teachers who need to care for their children at home.


As you are aware everyday sees changes to how Australia is operating and the school will keep you updated on the changes that affect us at St Patrick’s.


On Monday the teachers put together a package of work that the children could do at home for the remainder of Term 1 in the event that schools should close or families were to self isolate. Your child’s teacher is available to answer questions by email or contact the school on 67772328 and we will assist you.


A school day at home is different to a day at school, it should consist of approximately 3 hours of academic work each day. English, Math, Religion, with work from one of these KLA's PDHPE, Science/Tech, History/Geo & Creative Arts each day. A suggested time table could look like the following but it is entirely up to your family situation.

If the current situation continues next term the staff will work on setting up the Google Classroom platform and also continue the paper packages to assist the children to continue their school work from home.


Thank you once again for your support and please keep safe during this very challenging time.

Sincerely  Belinda


Email –        or

Phone 67772328 or 0428772328


Letter from Mr Chris Smyth the Director Armidale Catholic Schools Office 24 March 


Keep up the great work!

Thank you mums and dads for working with your children at home to ensure that their learning continues each day. I have included in the newsletter some ideas for activities at home. I hope you enjoy doing them with your children.

Congratulations 3 / 4 Music Stars!

Recently a neighbour commented to a parent of a child learning a musical instrument that the child had improved a great deal since they started playing this year. Congratulations Yr 3 / 4 keep up the great work and practice daily while you are at home. 

A good news story - thank you GIVIT

I would like to thank GIVIT for gifting St Patrick's a financial package from their drought  funding.

I am humbled by your kindness to support our children through local businesses.  Read the following page for our GIVIT story.



GIVIT is a not-for-profit organisation supporting over 3,200 organisations and facilitating more than 1.6 million donations around the country. GIVIT has been operating for 11 years and as the saying goes, from little things big things grow, and grow GIVIT did. You can follow the GIVIT Team on their Website - , Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Melissa Bowman form GIVIT recently visited Walcha to offer support from GIVIT for our drought affected community. I met with Melissa and presented her with a wish list of ways GIVIT could support our children by using the local community businesses.

GIVIT has granted the following support for our children with vouchers for  Haircuts, School equipment eg, drink bottle, lunch box from IGA,  & Sew on Embroidery.  These vouchers will be mailed home to families before the end of Term 1.  GIVIT has also approved support with installing a water tank  and a bubbler on the top playground. 




What's On


Office hours:  8.30am - 3.30pm 

Phone:  67772328


Postal Address:  PO Box 165 Walcha NSW 2354

2020 Term 1 Dates

31 March School Fees Due 

2nd April SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - postponed

3rd April Diocesan Touch Football Trials - postponed

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  - Pupil Free Day

Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December

Handy Hints for Home School Learning!

Home School activities


  1. Cosmic Yoga -

  2. The Body Coach - Joe Wicks.

  3. Just Dance -

  4. Go Noodle -


Visual Arts 

  1. Lay in the backyard. Look at the clouds. Draw what you see.

  2. Get creative. Paint a rainbow on your window or chalk a rainbow on your driveway to spread a little cheer to those walking by.

  3. Fun Shadow Drawing Art Activity

  4. Keep a Visual Diary. Draw something you do or see each day.

  5. Do a collage/sketch/poster of your favourite character of a book.

  6. Lego Construction

  7. Make Playdough

  8. Great Website-

  9. Kindergarten - Draw a blue boat, a red apple, a green tree, a yellow sun, a black bear

  10. Draw a picture of you and your best friend doing something you both love.

  11. Make a card for your grandparents or someone special that you haven’t been able to see. Snail mail it as a special surprise for them, as they will be definitely be missing seeing your smiling face.

  12. Create a pattern & colour using alternating colours.

  13. Cooking can be a science lesson (let’s talk about how yeast works), a math lesson (what’s a half cup plus a quarter cup?), or a reading lesson (does this label say “baking soda” or “baking powder”?), an art lesson ( how could we decorate this cake?)—and it provides opportunities for kids to learn about nutrition as well as foods and flavours from around the world.

  14. Family Art Masterpiece - Tape off sections of fence or driveway into pattern using tape. Discuss the shapes, angles, area of the proposed masterpiece. Chalk it in!


  1. Listen to a piece of music of your choice. List all the instruments you can hear. How does that piece of music make you feel? Either write or draw a picture of your response to this piece of music.

  2. Use recycled materials and make a musical instrument of your choice. Challenge yourself to make an instrument with strings. Make sure you decorate it.

  3. Play Musical Games - Get up and get moving, musical chairs, dance.

  4. Make-Your-Own Xylophone. Fill an assortment of glasses or jugs (or both) with varying levels of water. Line them up in order from least to most full. Give your child a mallet (a wooden spoon works well) and have them experiment with the different sounds.


  1. Use recycled materials to create a puppet. Eg  Paper Bag Puppet, Box Puppet

  2. Write & act out a short skit for your puppet.

  3. Put on  a puppet show or performance for your family.

  4. READ AN EASY STORY THAT CAN BE DRAMATIZED. Recreate the story. They can make up the lines or you can reread or tell it as they act it out.

  5. Acting out a song — such as the Alligator song.

  6. Let the kids loose in your wardrobe to put on a fashion parade

  7. Turn the dining table into a cubby. Help the kids create a table tent with sheets, rugs and tablecloths and it will become their own little sanctuary where they can do whatever they please.

  8. Pom Pom Race Track

Set up a race track using tape on your floor, grab a pom pom and straw and you’re ready for a race!

If you have access to internet - GoNoodle (great for when kids need to get up and move their bodies) 


The ABCs of Screen-Free Time at Home


Audio Stories by David Williams - David releases 30 free audio stories over 30 days.

The first story is 'The Terrible Triplets'  (soundcloud)



iPhone or iPad Scanner

You can scan & email any work back to your classroom teacher!

Google Chrome Voice to Text app & Read aloud app 


Activities to do at Home

Activities for children and teens


  • Redecorate a room
  • Wash a pet
  • Teach a pet a new trick
  • Make play dough
  • Give or receive a manicure or pedicure
  • Give or receive a facial
  • Learn how to make candles
  • Make a special event costume
  • Build a piece of furniture
  • Recycle something
  • Cook something 
  • Get a head start on a school project
  • Listen to mindfulness apps
  • Make jewellery
  • Learn first aid
  • Draw
  • Paint a picture
  • Learn to knit or crotchet
  • Knit scarves for the homeless
  • Make a music video
  • Learn origami
  • Create a puppet show
  • Sew something
  • Learn tie dying
  • Make slime
  • Create a race track inside and race toy cars around it
  • Make a collage
  • Learn about insects
  • Learn about a favourite animal
  • Learn about another country
  • Create a garden – vegies or fairy for example
  • Create an obstacle course and race through it
  • Make a musical instrument
  • Have a concert
  • Create a circus act
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Print wrapping paper
  • Make cards
  • Write letters
  • Check on neighbours/family by phone
  • Create care packages for others
  • Make icy poles
  • Learn how to make ice cream
  • Camp out in the back yard
  • Camp out in the lounge room
  • Make bubble liquid and blow bubbles
  • Make some art using recycling
  • Read a book together
  • Write a book
  • Search craft activities online
  • Create a family tree
  • Put on a play for your family
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Create a trivia contest
  • Play board games
  • Make a board game
  • Learn to cook something new
  • Make biscuits
  • Make a cake
  • Clean out a cupboard
  • Change your bedroom around
  • Sort old clothes to donate
  • Sort old toys to donate
  • Make models
  • Sort through photographs
  • Make a catwalk and model your clothes
  • Act it out
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Scrap booking
  • Start a “stay at home” diary
  • Wash the car
  • Clean the car interior
  • Maintain your bicycle
  • Create a dance routine and film it
  • Create a “would you rather” list
  • Dress up a pet and photograph
  • Make a weather rock
  • Create memes from magazine photos
  • Paint rocks
  • Learn about the planets
  • Watch a movie and create a different ending
  • Tour a museum online
  • Watch a black and white movie
  • Record a book or story to send to someone – have your friends send you one
  • Find a pen pal
  • Write a poem
  • Set it to music
  • Create a playlist of favourite songs
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Colour in
  • Learn yoga
  • Meditate
  • Try Pilates
  • Face painting
  • Create a comic strip
  • Make a bird bath
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Make a list of all the birds you see in your garden
  • Hide and seek with an object
  • Create a nerf battlefield
  • Have a nerf war
  • Plan the perfect holiday
  • Design and name a town
  • Learn how to make soap
  • Make a piece of armour from an ancient civilisation
  • Decorate eggs and have an Easter egg hunt
  • Create a bingo game of things around the house
  • Play I spy
  • Play hangman
  • Learn how to moonwalk
  • Learn how to floss
  • Make Mum and Dad breakfast in bed
  • Have an inside picnic
  • Have an outside picnic
  • Create an obstacle course inside and race through it
  • Decorate pots for plants
  • Design a picture using clothes



Coronavirus Information 

Tips for talking with children about the coronavirus

Tips for talking with children about the coronavirus

Children will inevitably pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others, whether this be through listening and observing what is happening at home or at school. It is important that they can speak to you about their own concerns.

Answer their questions

Do not be afraid to talk about the coronavirus with children. Given the extensive media coverage and the increasing number of people wearing face masks in public, it is not surprising that some children are already aware of the virus.

Providing opportunities to answer their questions in an honest and age-appropriate way can help reduce any anxiety they may be experiencing. You can do this by:

  • speaking to them about coronavirus in a calm manner
  • asking them what they already know about the virus so you can clarify any misunderstandings they may have
  • letting them know that it is normal to experience some anxiety when new and stressful situations arise
  • giving them a sense of control by explaining what they can do to stay safe (e.g., wash their hands regularly, stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing)
  • not overwhelming them with unnecessary information (e.g., death rates) as this can increase their anxiety
  • reassure them that coronavirus is less common and severe in children compared to adults
  • allowing regular contact (e.g., by phone) with people they may worry about, such as grandparents, to reassure them that they are okay.

Talk about how they are feeling

Explain to your child that it is normal to feel worried about getting sick. Listen to your child’s concerns and reassure them that you are there to help them with whatever may arise in the future.

It is important to model calmness when discussing the coronavirus with children and not alarm them with any concerns you may have about it. Children will look to you for cues on how to manage their own worries, so it is important to stay calm and manage your own anxieties before bringing up the subject with them and answering their questions.

Limit media exposure

It is important to monitor children’s exposure to media reports about the coronavirus as frequent exposure can increase their level of fear and anxiety. Try to be with your child when they are watching, listening or reading the news so you are able to address any questions or concerns they may have.

Online safety
for parents and carers

eSaftey Commissioner

Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Parents please visit this site


Mini Vinnies 

Write A Letter to our Nursing Home Residents!

Children while you are working from home why don't you WRITE A LETTER TO RESIDENTS IN THE TWO LOCAL NURSING HOMES! The Elizabeth Cross Wing at the Hospital & Riverview. 

Nursing Homes are in lock down and many of the residents would be wondering why they were not receiving any visitors. You might even make a little card or even a craft item to go with your letter.


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

School News

School Photo Day - POSTPONED
Please return your envelopes to the school office for safe keeping.


Woodwind Instruments

Woodwind Instruments have been sent home for students to practice while families are self isolating.

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 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



Scarlet fever, is an infection that can develop in people who have strep throat. It’s characterized by a bright red rash on the body, usually accompanied by a high fever and sore throat. The same bacteria that cause strep throat also cause scarlet fever.

Scarlet fever mainly affects children between the ages of 5 and 15 years. It used to be a serious childhood illness, but it’s often less dangerous today. Antibiotic treatments used early on in the illness have helped speed recovery and reduce the severity of the symptoms.


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

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

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.


Letter from Mrs Davey


Read a Book


General News


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.

All SPORT Postponed

All Term 1 Sport is postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

All sports events have been cancelled until further notice. CSNSW have advised that they are temporarily ceasing until further notice all Polding / MacKillop / CCC events including our selection trials and all school events.



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

P & F


2020 Committee

President   - Vanessa Arundale

Vice President - Lisa Patterson-Kane

Secretary - Chloe Hoy

Treasurer - Karen Blomfield

Bulb Drive

 Thanks so much for your supporting the Bulb Drive.

Mother's Day Stall

The P & F will hold a Mother's Day Stall on Friday 1st May for the children to purchase gifts for the important women in their lives.


Saturday - 2nd May 2020

Friday 30th October 2020


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.

School Assembly

School Assemblies cancelled for the remainder of Term 1 due to the Coronavirus.

No school assemblies for remainder Term 1

Jelly Bean Cup 

Each Assembly the Jelly Bean Cup is awarded to a class who has outstanding achievement in a particular area. 


Big Write -Talk Homework

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. 


Olivia working on Addison’s writing. Breakdown buddies


• Help your child to think through and discuss initial ideas in order to develop the thought process.

• Engage your child in purposeful talk.

• Ask your child for their opinions

• Show that it is fine to have different views or opinion

• Develop your child’s vocabulary through the use of WOW words (really good “ambitious” vocabulary which is more sophisticated than normal spoken language)

• Stimulate your child’s creativity

• Encourage the use of Standard English with no slang or incorrect grammar. Children need to understand that the way we talk is different to the way we write.



• Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Talking Homework

• Make it an enjoyable activity

• Switch off the television to try to ensure that this is dedicated talking and listening time

• Begin a conversation by modelling… “I think that… because …”

• Ask other family members to give their ideas, opinions and reasons why

• Encourage thinking about exciting words to use to make their writing more interesting.

“If they can’t say it, they can’t write it!”





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.


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

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Copy of Parent Information Session Big Write.pdf
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