St. Columba's Primary School


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God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come. That the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth. This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

Welcome back to school and to Term 2. I trust you and your children had a restful holiday and that you are re-energised. Our staff were excited to see the children on Tuesday and are already back into their teaching and learning routine.

Our Kindy children and teachers say a huge '"Thank you!" to the Mitchell family for the marvellous boat they have purchased, up-cycled and donated to the Kindy playground. The children have life vests, nets and fishing rods for all their high sea adventures!

We congratulation our Assistant Principal, Alison, on her marriage to Edward during the holidays. She will now be using the name Mrs Brine. We wish them both a lifetime of happiness together.

We look forward to great term.

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Merit award winners - Friday, 30 April

Year 1G - Asha, Esther

Year 1W - Lucas R, Samuel

Year 2G - Xavier, Marielle

Year 2W - Kapil, Sophia

Year 3G - Matilda, Michael

Year 3W - Denim, Marcus

Year 4G - Caeli, Aidan L

Year 4W - Nate, Ethan

Year 5G - Madeleine, Isobel

Year 5W - Tye, Cait

Year 6 - Bridie, Finley

Important dates

Friday, 23 April - Anzac Day Prayer Service - Year 3 at 9am

Monday, 26 April - Anzac Day Public Holiday

Tuesday, 27 April - Halogen Year 6 Leadership Day Exhibition Centre

Tuesday, 27 April - P&F Meeting at 7pm

Friday, 30 April - Year 1G Assembly

Monday, 3 May - Eucharist Parent Evening held at St Columba's Church at 6pm -

Compulsory at least one parent for each candidate

Tuesday, 4 May - Confirmation Parent Evening held at St Columba's Church at 6pm -

Compulsory at least one parent for each candidate

Thursday, 6 May - Kiss and Drive will be closed in the morning.

Thursday, 6 May - Mothers Day Breakfast at 7.30am

Thursday, 6 May - Mothers Day Liturgy at 9am - St Columba's Church

Sunday, 9 May - Mothers Day

Sunday, 16 May - First Holy Communion Mass - 4W

Saturday, 22 May - Confirmation Mass

Sunday, 30 May - First Holy Communion Mass - 4G

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Tomorrow at 9am, the school will hold an ANZAC Day Prayer Service in the Kalyara Mia. The Year Three children will be selling RSL red poppies before school for a gold coin donation.

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Project Compassion

Project Compassion boxes must be returned by Thursday, 20th May.

Performing Arts Festival - Solo and duet entries now due

All solo or duet entries for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival are due by the end of Week 2, Term 2. If your child learns an instrument and would like to enter a solo or duet item please consult firstly with their instrumental tutor. The fee for a solo entry is $18 and a duet entry is $28. It is the responsibility of parents to organise transport to and from their child's solo or duet performance.

All entry fees are to be sent to the office attached with your child's full name, age, and a photocopy of their music. All classes from Years 1 to 6 will enter an item to be performed as a whole class. Entry fees and transport for class and group items are the responsibility of the school.

Thank you for your support,

Louise McDonald - Music Specialist

Canteen Roster - Week commencing 28 April

Wednesday - Julie Hyde

Thursday - Ivy Ng

Friday - Kirsty Kingston

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via phone or email.

Circle of Security Parenting Workshops - Wed 12 May

Welcome back to school for Term 2. School holidays can be both a delight of extended together time or a difficult balancing act of maintaining work, family commitments and life circumstances, great and small. Why not come along to find out about Circle of Security Parenting and a series of workshops to follow, focusing upon how to connect and maintain safe, secure relationships in which your child may thrive.

Date: Wednesday 12th May 9 - 10am. Register to attend. Please see the flyer below.

Hilary Campos
School Social Worker

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Welcome back

Welcome back everyone for Term 2.

I hope everyone has recharged over the holidays ready for a long Term 2.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Peter Rabbit 2 Movie. It was a great success with 121 tickets sold. We appreciate the turnout.

There was an awesome support for the Hot Cross Buns, 272 packs were sold. The money raised from these events will go towards the Playground upgrades.

The Nature Playground at Pre Primary is under way and should be completed in approximately three weeks. We will be very excited to see the end result and the children's faces. This project is being funded by the P&F and is costing around $47,000, which is from the P&F Levy and fund raising from last year eg, Ninja Warrior Course, Tea Towels, Cards that Count, movie and raffle. It's always great to see where the funds go to.

The P&F's first gathering this term is for our Early Learning Years both Kindy classes and Pre Primary classes, next Wednesday 28th April, straight after morning drop off. We are having a coffee gathering for parents to meet each other and welcome new families to the school. Please come along to the undercover area after your children are in class and say hello.

Our next event is the Mothers' Day Breakfast. This is an opportunity to see mums or carers we don't get to see often.

We have many events coming up during the year ahead and will be wanting people to volunteer to go on committee's to help with the organisation. More minds make it easier. We will be doing a Colour Run, a Fete in Term 4 and the Retro Bingo in Term 3.

If anyone would like to put their hand up to go on any of these committee's please email me at with details of which event you are interested in.

More details to come.

Our next P&F meeting is on Tuesday, 27th April. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible.


Lara Tulett

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

We are three rounds into the Footy Tipping and with the Easter Break and holidays, there is lots to catch up on. The current leader board sees Year 5 student Amelie D (Captain Shuey) leading the pack on 21 points.

On 20 points we have a five way tie for second place between:

Ben B (BenBristow18)

Pat D (Freo’Donovan)

David B (Binns Clan)

Todd D (Goal Sneak)

Mark S (Scarymans)

Round 3 Winner

Scarlett H (The Hill Family) with 7 and 17 point margin

Round 4 Winner

Pat D (Freo’Donovan) with 7 points and 14 point margin

Round 5 Winner

Lily D (Lilanui) with a perfect round of 9 and 58 point margin

Well done to each round winner and all tipsters over the first three rounds.

Friday night starts the round this week with recent rivals GWS Giants playing Western Bulldogs – don’t forget to get your tips in.

Happy Tipping

Todd Dawson

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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 27 April at 7pm

Tuesday, 1 June at 7pm

Tuesday, 3 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Meetings

School Term Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 1 July

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 3: Tuesday, 8 June. Friday, 2 July. Monday, 19 July

Term 4: Monday, 11 October