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1. KHS Stage 2 students completed their final exam on Wednesday 15th November. We wish all students the very best and hope they al l achieve the results they need for their future studies or employment opportunities. 2. Katherine Rotary Fulton Hogan Scholarship Program “Phillipa Walters Scholarship” – Applications close 5.00 p.m. Wednesday 30 November. The Katherine Rotary Club generously offer our Year 12 students the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 scholarship that they can use towards their costs of living and study at a university in 2012. Students will need to complete the Rotary Phillipa Walters Scholarship Application Form and a Statement of Support. Application forms and further information can be obtained from Teresa Cummings or Pamela Dixon of the Rotary Club of Katherine – email: or by telephoning 0488 761 007 or 89710286. 3. Scaling Scores and how they are calculated - SATAC has information available for students and parents at On this site you will be able to view a 10 minute video SATAC has prepared that explains in detail the scaling process and its relationship to tertiary selection. The information contained on this site should provide any answers to questions you may have in regard to this process. 4. SATAC Change of Preference & Offer Round Dates - Following the SACE Board’s notification that SACE/NTCET results will be released in the week beginning 19 December 2011, the four universities participating in SATAC and TAFE SA have reconsidered their offer round timetables for Semester 1 2012 entry. The final date by which applicants can change their preferences for most courses and still be guaranteed equal consideration will now be Wednesday 4 January 2012 for TAFE SA (extended from 28 December 2011) and Monday 9 January 2012 for the universities (extended from 4 January 2012).These changes have been made by the universities and TAFE SA to ensure that school leavers have more time to seek information and advice about their course preferences following the release of their SACE results. As a result of the extension to the change of preference deadlines, the dates of the offer rounds have also been amended. The date on which the main offer rounds will be mailed from SATAC has been put back to Thursday 12 January for TAFE SA and to Wednesday 18 January for the universities. Full details of the revised timetables are now available from the SATAC website at SHERYL FOTAKIS, NTCET COORDINATOR

Ruby League Class On the 25th of October our schools’ Rugby League class played its third game of the year against Rosebery Middle School at the Archer Oval in Palmerston. This was our first game on the road as a team and it proved that travel takes a considerable toll on the mind and body of the players. Our preparation for this game was a little different with the introduction of different game play to harness our speed thereby turning the big guys from the other team around. As this was only a new technique for our team it was not used in full effect, but when used it showed how useful it really was. To lead us out onto the field was James Morgan who continued to show his keen attitude, dedication, ability and skill for the game of rugby league. The beginning of the game took our boys a little while to get going, with the size of Rosebery Middle School being an intimidating component limiting our self confidence. After 10 minutes of the first half our team begun to use our new style of game play harnessing our speed and spreading of the ball which leading to our first try scored by Matthew Jackson. Jesse Braun, Traye Rioli and Tom Watego throughout the first half put their hand up in both attack and defence which encourage and lifted the rest of the team. At half time Rosebery lead 16-4, with Rosebery scoring majority of their points in the first 10 minutes of the half. To begin the second half our efforts were much better than the beginning of the first half. Excellent defence shown by Tom Watego, Traye Rioli, Jesse Braun, Matthew Jackson, and James Morgan was the factor we missed at the beginning of the game. Throughout the game Rosebery broke though our defensive line, but every single time Jesse Braun was able to stop these brakes saving 5 or 6 tries. Towards the end of the second half Nick Elliott crossed the line for our second try, which wrapped up the game at full time 20-8 in the favour of Rosebery Middle School. Although we were not successful in this game it has made our boys realise that they need to focus on what their strengths such as speed and come together using discipline in defence to stop the opposing team breaking our defensive line. It was not hard to pick the man of the match for this game as Jesse Braun was by far the most valuable player on the ground with his excellent runs, line breaks, and tackling efforts which saved us a handful of tries in his flawless efforts.

Our next game was meant to be against Sanderson Middle School but due to travel complication they had to forfeit the game. We have organised to play against St Josephs here in Katherine on the 16th of November 2011 at the Sport and Rec Field with kick off begin at 1pm.


Centre for Disease Control

Hand, foot and mouth disease What is hand, foot and mouth disease? Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infection most commonly caused by the human coxsackievirus, part of group of viruses called enteroviruses, in which blisters appear on the hands and feet and inside the mouth. Enterovirus 71 is sometimes the cause of hand, foot and mouth disease and is the main virus responsible for more severe disease, including neurological complications and death from this illness.

How is it spread? Hand, foot and mouth disease is spread by breathing in aerosol droplets of nose and throat discharges or direct contact with nose and throat discharges, blister fluid or faeces of infected persons. It only affects humans, and is not related to the similar sounding ‘foot and mouth’ disease that affects animals.

What are the symptoms? Symptoms generally develop 3 to 5 days after exposure. Hand, foot and mouth disease usually starts with fatigue, loss of energy, poor appetite, a sore throat and mouth and a mild fever. In a baby, this may present as poor feeding. A few days after this a non-itchy rash develops on the palms, hands, soles of the feet and on the inside of the mouth. Mouth lesions can be widespread and occur on the inside surfaces of the cheeks and gums and sides of the tongue.

How serious is hand, foot and mouth disease? For most people with the infection, the rash disappears and they feel better within about a week. Very rare complications of hand, foot and mouth disease include meningitis, encephalitis or paralysis. If the person complains of severe headache, stiff neck,

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weakness or their fever persists and they are not getting better, they should seek medical advice from a doctor immediately. Hand, foot and mouth disease has very rarely been fatal.

What is the infectious period? A person is infectious from when they first feel unwell until all the blisters have dried.

Who is at risk? It affects all age groups, but commonly children aged less than 10 years.

What is the treatment? There is no specific treatment and antibiotics are not helpful. For most people, symptomatic relief with fluids, paracetamol and rest is all that is required. Pain relief for the mouth blisters is very important, as these can make eating and drinking very painful. Ask your pharmacist or doctor about what medicines are good to use. Offer children frequent sips of fluids, to prevent dehydration. Children who refuse fluids, or have a severe headache or are not improving should see a doctor.

How can hand, foot and mouth disease be prevented? There is no vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease. On recovery from the illness, a person will develop immunity against the one specific type of virus that caused the infection. However, as there are several viruses which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease, further episodes of the disease are possible from a different virus. Promoting good hygiene is the best way to stop the spread of the virus. Therefore, practice frequent hand washing, especially when changing nappies and handling soiled linen. Wash toys contaminated with saliva, and cover the mouth when sneezing and coughing.

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How can hand, foot and mouth disease be controlled? People with hand, foot and mouth disease are infectious during the acute stage of the illness and perhaps longer, since these viruses persist in stools for several weeks after recovery. The blisters should be allowed to dry naturally, and should not be pierced as the fluid inside them is infectious.

For more information contact the Centre for Disease Control in your region Alice Springs 8951 7540 Darwin 8922 8044 Katherine 8973 9049 Nhulunbuy 8987 0357 Tennant Creek 8962 4259 or http//

Children with hand, foot and mouth disease should be excluded from school, preschool and childcare until all blisters have dried.

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School Bus Update Good Afternoon All, In recent weeks, there have been occurrences where school bus drivers have noticed increased incidents of students bringing scissors onto school buses. This can pose a serious safety issue for other students travelling on the buses. Additionally, there has been a spate of malicious damage occurring to seats on particular school buses – run 8 and run 1. School bus drivers have been directed to confiscate any dangerous items possessed by students and to issue warnings to those students who brandish such items during any school bus run. Please bring this issue to the attention of students undertaking travel on any school bus. Regards Wayne Scotney General Manager Travel North Pty Ltd Tel 08 8971 9925 Mob 0427 527 702 Fax 08 8972 3989

On the night there will be food and drinks provided, guest speakers, a traditional song and dance performance. Every child in the school will have an art/craft item on display. DATE: 2ND DECEMBER 2011 TIME: 6.30PM – 8.00PM VENUE: MACFARLANE PRIMARY SCHOOL ‘UNDERCOVER AREA’

Have you thought about Foster Caring? Life Without Barriers is a not-for-profit organisation, providing care and support services to clients across Australia and New Zealand in urban, rural and remote locations. Our community-based programs assist children, young people, adults, families and communities. Our organisation is committed to providing culturally appropriate care. What is Foster Care? Foster Care is often referred to as Out of Home Care (OoHC) or Alternative Family Care (AFC). Foster Care can include long or short term placements of children with families or individuals outside of their own homes. The goal of this care is to provide for the physical, emotional and social needs of the children. For some children the aim of care is to reunite them with their families, other children may ultimately be placed permanently in our care. Our Carers Foster families are ordinary people doing an extraordinary role. Carers are people who enjoy parenting and who are willing to share their homes, time, energy and lives with vulnerable children. Applicants can be single, couples or families. We need full time, part time and weekend carers. Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged to apply. The process for assessment to be an Alternative Family Carer is comprehensive and will include police checks and an assessment of your family history. Please read overleaf for a summary. We provide  Ongoing support  Professional Development and Training  Tax free financial reimbursement “Why do I foster? Because I feel like I’m making a difference to children’s lives, whether it be a long-term arrangement, or simply a feed and a bed for the night. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a good foster carer. Nor do you have to be wealthy or married. Good foster carers come from all walks of life”. Christine Dohnt, Carer – Katherine, NT “We definitely have a great need for more foster carers in Katherine. Being a foster carer brings great satisfaction and is highly rewarding” Kay Veitch, Carer – Katherine, NT

Overview of the process involved to become a Foster Carer

REGISTRATION & APPLICATION You register your interest by completing the registration form or providing your contact details to an LWB representative.

INDUCTION & INITIAL INTERVIEW An LWB representative will run an induction session with you either in your home or in a group setting.

SCREENING & SUITABILITY CHECKS Completion of : Working With Children Clearance & Criminal Record Checks, References, Health & Medical Checks, Agency Checks.

ASSESSMENT The assessment is competency based, and includes a series of home visits with you and family, as well as a household/environment safety check

DECISION MADE and applicant advised in writing.

Interested? Contact us by dropping into our office, calling or emailing: Shop 3/17 First Street Katherine NT 0850 Phone: 08 8972 1836 Fax: 08 8971 2725 Email: Website: Hearing or speech impaired? Call us via the National Relay Service on: TTY: 133677 l SSR: 1300 555 727 l IR:


‘2011 Members’ Exhibition’ 25 – 30 November 2011 in the

Katherine Territory Craft rooms at the Training Centre Block J, 19 Second Street, Katherine WORKS ON DISPLAY/FOR SALE BY ESTABLISHED LOCAL ARTISTS, EMERGING ARTISTS AND NEWCOMERS

Opening Friday 25 November at 6.00pm Exhibition open Saturday 26 to Wednesday 30 November 10.00 – 3.00pm

For further information, please contact us on 8971 0740 or email us at

Are you a young person? Do you have an opinion? Are you looking for a way to express your views? Do you like free food and/or need coffee on a Saturday morning?

THEN COME DOWN TO THE UN YOUTH CONSULTATION COMMITTEE! Come and discuss local, national, and international issues that you care about

Where: Katherine High School Conference Room When: Saturday, 16th of October from 10am

Email us for more information at