St. Columba's Primary School


"Trust in God who helps you in all things."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to welcome everyone back from the school holidays. I trust everyone had a restful break. Welcome also our new families who have children commence schooling at St Columba's. I am sure that they will be made welcome by our existing families.

Many thanks to Mrs Komnick for looking after St Columba's while I was in Europe on study leave and long service. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Mrs Komnick on being appointed as Principal to Our Lady of Mercy Primary School from January 2020. I know that Mrs Komnick will be very much missed by our school community, however, she is extremely deserving of the appointment and I know that she will do a wonderful job. She will also be a great asset to the Catholic Principals of WA.

My study leave in Belgium was a very enlightening experience. We looked at how we continue to maintain our Catholic identity in schools in a very much secularised society. There will be some changes occurring from 2020 and these will be outlined to families at the start of 2020.

May God Bless you and your family.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Tuesday 22 October

  • Edudance - Years 1 to 6 - Sports Uniform
  • Scitech Challenge Day Selected Students - Year 5 & 6
  • P&F Meeting - 7pm

Wednesday 23 October

  • Year 4 Excursion - His Majesty's Theatre

Thursday 24 October

  • Year 6 Family Life Education

Friday 25 October

  • World Teachers Day
  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • Interschool Athletics Carnival - Selected Students - Year 3 to 6

What a Week!

Premier Studios Photography Next Week

Next week one of our parents, Jonelle Beveridge from Premier Studios, is very generously taking photos for our new school website, as well as video footage.

Our school is a community and we would like to capture all facets: children, teachers and parents! Jonelle will be taking photos at drop-off time to capture community moments - please indicate to her if you would prefer not to be included.

The children will be photographed as they go about learning and playing.

Sports Uniform on Tuesdays for Edu-dance

Children are to wear their sports uniform for Edu-dance for each Tuesday of Term 4.

School Fee Account Payments - Now Overdue

School fee accounts are now overdue for payment. All overdue accounts are to be finalised by next Friday 25 October 2019 unless alternatives arrangements have been made with Mr McMahon.

Please note the BPay reference has changed from last year. Payments can be made online by BPay or with cash or credit card details at the administration office.

Should you require a copy of your statement please contact the school Finance Officer, Mrs Narelle Foster.

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 25 October at 8:50am

Year 1B: Max and Arabella

Year 1O: Ari and Valentine

Year 2C: Keira and Ashton

Year 2F: Caeli and Joseph

Year 3B: Ava, Isobel and Rainer

Year 3F: Sebastian, Nanditha and Martina

Year 4: Finley, Isabella

Year 5: Anne, Paige and Cerise

Year 6: Chanelle and Emma

School Uniform - Nell Gray Superstore Hours

Below is the current order form and a recent flyer from Nell Gray for uniform fitting appointments and opening hours over the Christmas holiday break. Please direct any queries to Uniform Concepts Nell Gray Willetton.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home with students this week. Orders are due no later than Monday 28 October 2019. Please note, late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via loop.

Thank you to all our families for supporting our school with orders placed through Scholastic Book Club. The school receives 20% commission from sales to purchase wonderful new books for our school library.

Alice Shaw

Book Club Coordinator

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 21 October: Jenny Collin

Wednesday 23 October: Mary Donovan

Tennis Lessons at St Columba's

Tennis lessons are offered to students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday at lunchtimes by Marshall's Tennis Academy. The first session for this term commences next Thursday 24 October 2019 from 1:15pm to 1:45pm. Enrolment forms have been sent home with students this week. For further details, please visit or phone 93392943.

Annual Schools Swim Challenge 2019

The annual schools swim challenge will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23 November 2019. The event is run by SSPW and is a fun swimming carnival with many schools from surrounding areas.

All students from Years 3 to 6 are welcome to register and swim for St Columba's. Individual races include 50m and 25m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke and swimmers can choose any or all of the strokes and their preferred distance. Relays of 6 x 25m will also be held at the end of the event. The first four girls and boys, from each school, for each swim category, are awarded points for their school. The carnival focuses on being a fun afternoon for swimmers.

Where: Wesley College Pool
When: Saturday 23 November 2019
Time: Arrive for Warm Up at 2.30pm. Competing starts at 3pm to 6pm (approximately)

Cost: $10 (TBC) per swimmer (includes entry, sausage sizzle and drink).

If you would like to join the St Columba's swim team please email or text (before Friday 15 November 2019):

Rebecca Evangelista (Charlotte - Year 6) - email or mobile 0405140874


Deanna Power (Matilda - Year 5) – email or mobile 0402346835

Redhage Basketball at St Columba's

Redhage Basketball School Program commences next Tuesday, 22 October until 10 December 2019 from 3:10pm to 4:10pm. Registration is still open for Years 1 to 6 (split into age groups). The program runs for 8 week's.

Registration via .

Outdoor Yoga at St Columba's

Shalini (mother of Talin McCullough) is offering free outdoor Yoga classes after school on Wednesdays for the children and families of St Columba's. This 30 minute session is designed for wellness of your body, mind and soul through Asanas, balance, breath and meditation. Bring your enthusiasm and a mat if you have one.

You will find us at the bottom oval of the St Columba's grounds from 3:15pm to 4pm. Send Shalini a message should you have any questions 0403233338. Look forward to seeing you there!

Centre for Faith Enrichment - Courses and Events

The Centre for Faith Enrichment is the official Adult Faith Formation agency of the Archdiocese of Perth. Please follow the link for all the details of the courses and events that are taking place through out the Archdioceses for this term. On offer in Term 4: Genealogy of Jesus, Moral Theology, The Virgin Mary and The Psalms and Migration Theology.

Student Banking

Student Banking is held every Thursday morning before school in the library. Thank you to our parent volunteers for coordinating this for our students. Parent volunteers to assist with the morning are most welcome.

Community News

Vac Swim 2019/20

Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons! With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water. VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as five years old. There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you. Enrol your children in VacSwim now at

Australian Girls Choir Open Day

Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to come along to our Open Day on Sunday 3 November 2019 to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC. Please contact us if you would like to attend the Open Day. Phone 1800338142 or email

Relationships Australia - Courses for October 2019

Our Building Stronger Families, a 6 week course is being offered at Leederville, which includes children over 10 years. Please visit the Relationships Australia website for all the details of the workshops/courses that are being held this October.

City of South Perth Protective Behaviours Parent Workshop

The City of Perth invites parents and carers to a free community safety workshop presented by WA Child Protection Society on Wednesday 6 November 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Curtin Primary School undercover area (20 Goss Avenue, Manning). This workshop is free to attend however bookings are essential. Visit the City of South Perth website to register: . Please be advised that the content of this workshop is for adults only.

Water Polo Talent Academy Term 4 Polo Skills

WPTA Term 4 Polo Skills is an 8-week program with sessions running every Sunday morning. Commencing this Sunday the 13th of October to Sunday the 1st of December. Open to both boys and girls from years 3 to 9 with three available ability levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Our program teaches children the fundamental aspects of water polo, these include but are not limited to; swimming, treading water, coordinated ball skills, and teamwork.

Kindy 2020 Places Have Become Available

Due to an unusually high number of enrolled families moving out of Perth or interstate, a few Kindergarten places have become available for 2020. Our Kindy is usually booked up two years in advance, so this presents an opportunity for local families who may have missed the 2020 interviews.

We also have limited places in other select year groups for next year.

Please contact the school administration for application for enrolment details.