Dear Parents, Students and Friends of St Patrick’s College,
It has been a challenging time for the entire College Community as we mourn the passing of two members of our community.
On Friday we learned of the sudden passing of staff member, Mrs Valda Leggatt, who was a long-serving staff member in the College canteen. Valda was much loved by the staff and students. We offer our deepest condolences to Valda’s husband, Graham and her children Juanita and John and their families.
Today staff had the opportunity to celebrate the life of Val at a Memorial Service led by Fr Richard in the Chapel.
Year 11 student, Isaac Walters tragically passed away after an incident on the weekend. The College community extends our deepest sympathies and support to Chris, Kim, Joseph and Eli.
It is anticipated that the details of Isaac’s funeral will be communicated via local press in coming days, with attendance being a personal decision for families to make at an individual level. The College will be open as normal on the day of the funeral.
As a College community, we will concentrate on supporting our students and staff over the following months. Students will have access to speak with counsellors, teachers or a priest, depending on their preference and needs.
If you have any concerns for your child, please contact their Tutor, House Head or myself and we will arrange support.
The following services are available to support people in a time of loss and grief:
Headspace - an organisation who specialise in mental health services for 12-25 year olds - 6335 3100
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
Tasmanian Mental Health Helpline - 1800 332 388
Contact with a GP to assess for a Better Access to Mental Health Program referral to a registered mental health clinician.
I would like to thank the College and wider community for their outpouring of support and offers of assistance during this very difficult time.
Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months as they struggle to come to terms with the passing of their loved one.
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Mr Tony Daley