St. Columba's Primary School


"Be a gift of love and compassion for one another."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back everyone to the start of Term 3. I hope that you all had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays. However, I am quite sure that are a number of families who are now enjoying some peace and quiet at home during school hours. We have a very busy term ahead and many of our students are involved in the Catholic Education Performing arts throughout this term.

We welcome a number of new families to the school. I know that they will be made welcome by exiting school families.

Families please note that you will need to adhere to the school parking policy and the street verge signage. Parking is not permitted in ‘no standing or parking‘ zones and cars that do not follow the street and verge signage face a possible fine from the Ranger. Also, please do not park across resident’s drive ways. Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated.

I will be away next week at a Principal’s meeting at CEWA and at the WA Catholic Primary Principal’s Conference. Mrs Komnick and Mrs Robinson will be in charge while I am away.

A P&F meeting will be held next Tuesday 30 July in the school staff room.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 27 September and Friday 30 August is a pupil free day.

Have a great term.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 26 July

  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am

Tuesday 30 July

  • P&F Meeting - 7pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 31 July

  • APSMO Olympiad Competition - Senior LEAP

Thursday 1 August

  • Australian Mathematics Competition - Select Students Years 3 to 6
  • BRLA Practice - Year 5

Friday 2 August

  • NAIDOC Assembly and Undercover Area Naming Ceremony - 8:50am

Please click on this link for the Term 3 Calendar.

What a Week!

NAIDOC Assembly - Friday 2 August

St Columba’s School will be having our NAIDOC Assembly/Naming Ceremony on Friday 2 August commencing at 8.50am (Week 2) in the undercover area.

Children are asked to come dressed in black, red or yellow with dark pants or sports uniform to show respect for Aboriginal people. We will be collecting gold coin donations for books for The Indigenous Literacy Program.

Year 1O and Year 3B will be presenting a story called Warkarl. They have worked together in buddy time in creating artwork and sharing in role-play. Representatives from each class will be presenting work. We will be having special guest our school Aboriginal Liaison, Leanne McDonagh (from CEWA) in attendance and Kerry-Ann Winmar to begin our assembly with a “Acknowledgement to Country” as well as present the name of our undercover area.

Merit Award

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 2 August 2019

Year 1B: Kevin and Diego

Year 1O: Hannah and James

Year 2C: Rachel, Isiah and Alessandro

Year 2F: Aiden B and Aidan L

Year 3B: Madeleine and Chayse

Year 3P: Nate and Ruby

Year 4: Bridie, Molly and Max

Year 5: Anna and Angelina

Year 6: Cole and Oliver

Wriggly Worms in Kindy

WOW . . . did you know that the largest earthworm ever found was over 22 foot long, they breathe through their skin and that can eat paper and hair?

Following on from our study of recycling and how things grow in Term 2, we started this term with an incursion from The Worm Shed. We learnt all about how worms are important for our environment, and then had a hands on activity to make our own worm farms which the children will eventually take home. We particularly enjoyed looking for worms and investigating them with magnifying glasses.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home with students this week. Orders are due no later than Monday 5 August. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP.

Thank you to Mrs Shaw for coordinating the Book Club for our school.

Art Meets Science In Lego Challenge

Lego has been the common focus in our Science and Art Week projects, with amazing drawings to match the creativity and ingenuity of the structures built.

Limited Spots in Year Groups for 2020 – Apply Now

We have a few spots available next year in classes other than Kindy – if you know of families moving to the area or looking for a change, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: call (08) 6436 9500 or email

Adding Up the Waste

Our Year 6 and Year 3B classes have conducted a waste audit to determine how much we are throwing away each day and year. Food scraps are having the biggest impact on our waste disposal here at St Columba's. Our Waste Wise team are now working on a plan to reduce our school waste. Well done Kindy on a great start with worm farms!

Footy Colours Day - Thanks for Supporting LifeLink!

Parish News

Welcome back from the holidays. I trust you have all returned well rested. At First Holy Communion, I announced that there would be a training session for new altar servers. I thank Jenny Collins for organising this on Saturday, 3 August at 3pm. Please meet at the Parish Centre. Jenny’s mobile is 0418944835. Any student who has made their First Holy Communion upwards is welcome.

Tomorrow, is the feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary and so grandparents of Jesus. Any grandparents are welcome to Mass at 10am to receive a blessing. At the Masses this Saturday. Vigil at 6pm and Sunday at 7.30am and 9.30am, there will be a blessing for the sick and those of advanced years. All welcome.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe is to celebrate a Marriage Day Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, 10 August at 10am. All are welcome. Especially welcome are married couples who are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary eg. 25th, 30th, 40th, etc.

Blessings on you all.

Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Altar Serving Training - St Columba's Parish

Altar Serving is a very special role within our Parish community, and a great way to participate more fully in the Mass. It involves serving once a month during a weekend Mass.

A training session will be conducted on Saturday 3 August 2019 at 3pm in the Parish Centre. This is for any children who have made their First Holy Communion and are interested in Altar Serving at St Columba's Parish.

Please contact Jenny (0418944835 or for more information or to confirm attendance.

Jenny Collins (Matthew Yr 6, Xavier Yr 4 and Hannah Yr 1)

Parents and Friends

Welcome back.

Firstly, congratulations to this terms car park bay raffle winner Lexie Soklich.

P&F morning exercise start again next Monday, 29 July. Everyone is welcome 8.25am to 8.40am Monday, Wednesday and Friday's.

Planning has started for our big fundraiser for this year, the Retro Music Bingo, Friday 13 September. If anyone has a business and would like to donate prizes - we would greatly appreciate your generosity. Stay tuned for more bingo details. Ticket sales will be available soon.

Our next P&F meeting is next Tuesday, 30 July at 7pm in the school staff room. Thank you to all our parent class reps for coming to the meetings. I encourage you all just to come along to these informative meetings, and put forward your ideas.

Thank you for all the Earn and Learn stickers. We have placed an order and will advise when it arrives through the newsletter.

Lara Tulett

P&F President

Save the Date: Friday 13 September | 7pm

Dust off your flares and old album covers for Retro Music Bingo! Brush up on your 70s, 80s and 90s music, then gather your friends, including those from outside the school, and get your winning table together. Dress up ideas at

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

Welcome back from holidays and a bit has changed across the leader board over the last 3 week, several tipsters are making their move up the ladder and MC The Best – Matthew C still holds a 4 game buffer at the top.

Round 16 Results

Oggace– Brendon O with 7 correct tips and margin of 25 points.

Round 17 Results

Binns Clan – David B with 7 correct tips and margin of 32 points.

Round 18 Results

Collins Gang – Grant C with 7 correct tips and margin of 39 points.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 103

2. Scarymans - Mark S - 99

3. Binns Clan – David B - 98

4. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 98

5. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 98

6. Ruparob – Rupa P - 97

7. R-K-S Rob B - 96

8. Oggace – Brendon O - 96

9. Collins Gang – Grant C - 96

10. Freo’19 – Rod D - 96

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

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 the all details of courses and events that are taking place through out the Archdioceses for this term. There is a two-evening course being held in Bateman this term which explains the Mass. For further information please email

Community Notices

George Burnett Leisure Centre - Term 3 Junior Programs

Junior Soccer Program - Participants will learn all the skills needed to play the game which they will use in games throughout the session. Soccer 3-5 year olds and Soccer 3-7 year olds. Junior Multisport Program - The kids will try their hand at basketball, soccer, AFL and more sports. Multisport 1.5 – 3 year olds and Multisport 3 – 5 year olds. Junior Basketball Program: Participants will learn dribbling, passing and shooting skills in fun games whilst playing in different competitions. Basketball 3-5 year olds , Basketball 5-10 year old (Advanced Session) and Basketball 3-7 year olds. Junior Netball Program: Learn from expert coaches, each week will build another skill until we put it all together and play a game. Netball 4-10 year olds. For further details please contact the George Burnett Leisure Centre on 9474 0855 or email .

Relationships Australia - "All Things Parenting" Workshops

Visit the website for “All Things Parenting” workshops at the West Leederville Branch being held in August 2019. Bringing up Great Kids, Dads Raising Girls, Dads Raising Boys - some of the workshops being run. Any queries can be directed to 6162 0239.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

An afternoon of enrichment for your relationship. The Theme will be The Five Love Languages (based on the book by Dr Gary Chapman.) Saturday 17 August 2019 at Lockridge Parish, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 215 Morley Drive East, Kiara. Time 1pm to 5pm. $5 donation per person. For more information or booking telephone John and Corinne 0415557026. Everyone welcome – Married Couples, Engaged Couples or Singles. Invite another couple to come along with you for this enriching afternoon.

2019 Term Dates and Pupil Free Days

Term Dates:

Term 3: Tuesday July 23 to Friday 27 September

Term 4: Tuesday 15 October to Friday 13 December

Pupil Free Days:

Monday 22 July

Friday 30 August

Monday 14 October