St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Mother Mary,

On your feast day we honour you and thank you for being with us always. Please take care of your children and pray for us. Mother Mary please ask your son Jesus to help us overcome our problems and give us strength and courage to go through our life.


Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

We were very lucky yesterday with the weather holding off for our Cross Country. Many thanks to Mr Chatt and Mrs Wilkes for organising. The students had a great time and there were some great individual efforts; well done to our students for participating so well.

Parent/Teacher interviews will be held during Week 5 and 6. Please book your appointment through the PTO website.

Please note that the pupil free day scheduled for Monday Oct 12 will not be a pupil free day - students now will attend school on this day. This is due to the extra number of pupil free days during COVID-19.

Students will finish this term on Thursday, 24 September.

God Bless and stay safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Friday 14 August

Year 1G - Emily, Lucas, Stella, John

Year 1W - Eden, Sophia M, Nathan

Year 2G - Diego, James

Year 2W - Lennox, Isabel, Emily S

Year 3G - Nate, Duke, Paris, Xavier M

Year 3W - Isabelle, Xavier, Caeli, Joseph

Year 4G - Francesco, Eva, Ryan, Madeleine

Year 4W - Lillyann, James, Ruby, Keira

Year 5 - Saheli, Christian, Sienna

Year 6 - Madison, Eva, Xavier

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2020 St Columba's Cross Country Carnival

On Wednesday, 12 August the students in Years 3 to 6 attended the St Columba’s Cross Country Carnival. The students represented their faction over various race distances for their year level.

The students were wonderful sports people cheering their faction and competitors on. At the end of the carnival it was Mackillop who proved themselves worthy to win the Carnival.

A big thank you to the teachers who helped train students for the carnival, as well as the parent helpers and supporters who attended the event. Please see results attached below:

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Parent-Teacher Interviews: Bookings close 14 August 6pm

Held for Kindy to Year 6 from Monday, 17 August over Weeks 5 and 6.

We are using the internet-based booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). You will use your email address to log in. Please note, when you go to the booking page it may have last year’s pre-populated information. You will need to remove this information and replace it with your current email address, and then obtain your new pin/password. Full instructions are provided to you after log in. If you encounter any problems using PTO please contact the school office.

Artist of the week

The Artist of the Week is Charlotte from Year 3. Charlotte decided to replicate the Barracks Arch which is located in Perth’s City. Her favourite part of her piece is the sky. Charlotte used chalk to add detail, blend and colour her artwork. Her favourite colour is blue.

Book Week Assembly - Mon 17 Aug

Book Week Assembly is on 17 August - children dress as a book character or curious creature. Due to COVID-19 only students and staff will be attending this Assembly. The staff play and the children's parade will be videoed and available on Facebook. Thank you for your understanding.

Camp Australia Newsletter

We have been really busy the last couple of weeks. We have been busy creating various art works. So much so that Kym has created an art gallery to show off our art work, to everyone. Read the newsletter...

Year 2 Assembly

Please note change of date for the Year 2 Assembly will now be held on Friday, 27th November 2020 (Term 4).

The Assumption of Mary 15th August

A great sign appeared in heaven:

A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet,

and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

On the 15th August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

The Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.

Even though Mary was assumed into Heaven, she is always with us. Heaven is our home and Mary wants us to be with her and her Son for all eternity. On the Solemnity of the Assumption, let us remember our Mother who is in Heaven and who loves us very much. The Assumption is the fourth Glorious Mystery in the Rosary. So, every time we pray the Rosary we can remember that Mary is always with us and that she loves us more than anyone else on earth could!

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Canteen helpers roster

Week Commencing 17 August 2020

Wednesday - Rosie Parker

Thursday -

Friday - Nicole Baroni

Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum

Our Keeping Safe Curriculum reminds us that "Pre-schools, schools and classrooms that value diversity and are inclusive in their practices can make important contributions to the safety and well being of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs." We can honour and value individual strengths and abilities as well as needs in all our children and young people.

The Australian Government has signed the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. This means all Australian National, State and Territory laws maintain these rights and protect your child's rights to equality and services.

Here are some ideas about how you can engage in conversation on this topic with your child, in an age appropriate way.

How to talk to your child about disabilities - BabyCentre UK

Take care how you describe people with disabilities. Try not to use outdated, derogatory terms like “handicapped”. Try to put the emphasis on the person and not to describe non-disabled people as "normal".

As children grow older, watching a movie, video clip or documentary together and talking about it afterwards, is often an easier way of sharing and considering ideas. Below are two examples of many rich, educational resources available and starting points for family conversations that can reinforce the importance of respectful relationships.

Rights of WA children and young people

The Commissioner for Children and Young People is committed to promoting the rights of all children and young people in WA. All children have the right to be safe, healthy, happy and learning. Everyone has a responsibility, including family, carers, the broader community and children and young people, to work together to deliver these rights.

What It's Like To Experience A Disability (Full Episode)

In this episode we hear what it's like to experience a disability. Subscribe to ABC ME! - WHAT IT'S LIKE: ‘What It’s Like’ is a show for young people in our community whose voices, stories and perspectives aren’t often seen or heard. It’s a chance for them to share their experiences in their own words – both ...

What It's Like To Experience A Disability (Full Episode)

From Monsignor - Three Sketching Ladies

On July 22, 2020 Helena Falek, Jan Mason and Pat Booth known as ‘teaboozer’ sketched the Church and sent a copy of one end result. Here is Helena’s sketch of St. Columba’s. Many people have taken advantage of COVID-19 restrictions to do activities they had delayed, and the sketches are a good example. In the parish, we took advantage of the lockdown to renovate the pews and floors. Others have worked on their family history. Are there any activities you would like to share with parishioners?

School Term Dates 2020

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

Year 5 Assembly - Friday, 14 August.

Book Week - 17 August. (Week 5)

P & F Meeting - Tuesday, 18 August.

Science Week - 15-23 August. (Week 6)

Year 2 Assembly - Changed to Friday 27 November (Term 4)

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 7 September.

P & F Meeting - Tuesday, 8 September.

Year 1 Assembly - Friday, 11 September.

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 14 September.

School Open Night/Art Exhibition - Thursday 17 September.

Athletics Carnival (Yr K-6) - Friday, 18 September.

Term 3 end - Thursday, 24 September.

Pupil Free Day - Friday, 25 September.

Parent Information Evening First Holy Communion - 6.00pm Monday, 19 October.

Reconciliation Parent Information Evening 6pm - Monday, 26 October.

Reconciliation 10-11.30am - Saturday, 14 November.

Eucharist 4W Mrs Buiks' Class at 6.00pm - Saturday, 21 November.

Eucharist 4G Miss Bechelli's Class at 11.30am - Sunday, 29 November.

Year 2 Assembly - Friday, 27 November.