Twelve months ago the Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, Bishop Michael McKenna, reminded families who were suffering difficult financial circumstances that they are always able to approach their school principal to arrange financial assistance if they are unable to pay their Catholic school fees.
Since then little rain has fallen across the Diocese and the severity of the drought continues to worsen. Thus he's repeated his message to remind families in need to ask for help.
"The provision of affordable Catholic schooling, especially for those in need in this time of drought, should not be an added burden to the financial strain of families," he said.
"We certainly do not wish to add to the financial burden families are currently experiencing, as money should not be a barrier to children attending Catholic schools. As people of faith, we are praying for rain and for everyone whose lives and livelihood depends on this blessing."
There are 33 primary and secondary schools across the Diocese, including St Matthew's and All Hallows.