St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 3 | 12 MAY 2022

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a smooth start to the Term and students are to be commended on the way they have settled into class and adapted to the Covid protocols.

Please keep the Sacramental classes in your thoughts and prayers as they begin the formal

preparations for making a Sacrament this Saturday evening with their Sacramental Enrolment Mass.

There will be a P&F meeting next Tuesday at 7:00pm in the staffroom.

Ms Sadowski, Mrs Ogg and I will be attending a curriculum conference in Melbourne next week. Mrs Ogg and Ms Sadowski will be away from Wednesday and I will be away for the entire week.

Mr Yock will be in charge in my absence.

This week we have had NAPLAN testing in Year 3&5. The student’s reports from the testing will be received by the school at the end of Term 4 and will be sent home with the end of year school reports. If you have any questions please feel free to see your child’s classroom teacher.

Given the high numbers of Covid the state is currently experiencing I am providing the latest advice from the Health Dept re: close contacts and children’s schooling.


Where an individual is identified as an asymptomatic close contact, the close contact is required to adhere to the following requirements for seven days, commencing from the day that the COVID-19 test was taken by the COVID-19 positive person:

• Wear a face mask upon leaving the home.

• Take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for seven days and only exit the home if a negative result is returned.

• Avoid high-risk settings until the seven-day period has concluded.

Where a subsequent COVID-19 positive case is identified in the home, the person considered an asymptomatic close contact is not required to meet the above criteria, unless the second COVID-19 test was taken after the original seven-day quarantine period.

Please see below scenarios for clarification.

Scenario 1:

• Student A is an asymptomatic close contact, living with a parent who is COVID-19 Positive.

• Student A returns a negative RAT and wears a face mask upon leaving the home.

• On day five, a sibling of Student A returns a positive COVID-19 RAT.

• Student A must complete the additional two days of Rapid Antigen Testing and wear a mask when leaving the home.

• After this time, Student A is not required to undertake a RAT or wear a face mask, even with a second COVID-19 positive person in the home.

Scenario 2:

• Student B is an asymptomatic close contact, living with a parent who is COVID-19 Positive.

• Student B returns a negative RAT and wears a face mask upon leaving the home.

• On the eighth day after the first COVID-19 case in the home, a sibling of Student B returns a positive COVID-19 RAT.

• Student A must complete a further seven days of Rapid Antigen Testing and wear a mask when leaving the home.

Please note, children under the age of 12 and students in Year 6 or below, are not required to wear a face mask, in accordance with the new Transition Face Covering Directions (No.7).

Under the Health Dept protocols the school is no longer reporting to families if students are Covid positive.

We are a Polling Place for the AEC

St Columba's is a Polling Place on Election Day and our P&F will be fundraising: you can make purchases from the sausage sizzle, cake stall or coffee van.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Saturday, 14 May - Sacramental Enrolment Mass - 6pm

Tuesday, 17 May - CAPSS VANS Carnival - Year 5 & 6

Friday, 20 May - Assembly - 4W

Friday, 20 May - Walk Safely To School Day

Monday, 23 May - FHC Parent Evening - 6pm

Please note the following change of date for Catholic Day:

Previous date: Term 2 - Friday, 3 June

New date: Term 3 - Friday, 23 September (Pupil Free Day)

Merit award winners

Merits awards from Week 2 will be handed out at our first assembly on Friday 20 May.

Sacramental Enrolment Mass

The rescheduled date of the 2022 Sacramental Enrolment Mass is Saturday 14 May at 6pm.

All candidates who are making their Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation are required to attend the Mass, along with one parent.

We ask parents to sign in their child's attendance on the sheets provided at the Church.

We look forward to seeing the candidates at Mass.

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Student Code of Conduct

Our Student Code of Conduct is a student-created document that outlines the way students want to feel when they come to St Columba’s Primary School.

It outlines behaviours and actions students can take to ensure they continue to feel Safe, Happy, Included and Special.

The Student Code of Conduct also outlines steps a child can take if they feel a student is not following the Code of Conduct.

Students refer to the document in class meetings and the poster is visible in all classrooms.

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School calendar now online

We now have an online School Calendar, which you can access from the Families page on the website, or just click on the link below. You can download events to your personal calendar.
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NAPLAN Online 2022

This week, students in Years 3 and 5 have been involved in NAPLAN testing. This is a national test to track the progress of Year 3 and 5 students for the country, the state, systems and for schools.

Some students become anxious around these tests by the attention placed on them by the media. These are a snapshot of how your child has performed on a particular day and should not cause any stress for your child or family. It is important that routines are maintained as per a regular school week and that children, as expected each week, attend, are well rested, well fed and happy to come to school.

We utilise these tests for school planning and monitoring along with many other sources of data and your child just needs to know to try their best.

The final NAPLAN Online Numeracy Test will take place tomorrow, Friday 13 May.

Students who are absent on a particular testing day are still able to complete the test when they return to school. The NAPLAN testing window is open until Friday 20th May, giving us a full week to complete any catch up testing needed.

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Kindy 2024 - Offers for siblings of existing families

If you still have outstanding documentation to submit: Please do so as soon as possible. We will email an offer once this is finalised.

If you have not yet applied for Kindy 2024: Apply online via the enrolment page on the website and ensure all required documentation is included.

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Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • Orders must be placed by 9 am
  • All orders now online: Quickcliq
  • No Cash - icy poles, ice creams and small treats need to be ordered online.

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

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

Happy Thursday everyone.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day and all the mothers out there felt extra special. It is great to see so many of you using your vouchers. Very well deserved.

For the first time ever, St Columbas’ will be one of the Federal Election Polling Booth locations. I everyone to come along to the school to cast your vote and support the P&F by buying something from our BBQ and/or cake stall. Nothing beats a democracy sausage right? Our year 1 families are taking the lead on this so I have no doubt it’s going to be amazing.

Our next P&F meeting will be held this Tuesday. One year group representative will be attending in person with the rest attending via zoom. For those of you that want to attend, you may do so via zoom. Here is the link:

St Columba's P&F's Zoom Meeting #3

Time: May 17, 2022 07:00 PM Perth

Join Zoom Meeting

If there is anything you would like to see raised at this meeting, please don’t hesitate contact me.

I am still looking for a South Perth Council Liaison representative. If you are interested in taking up this role, please let me know asap.

Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

A tough week of tipping for the majority of tipsters with 6 correct tips enough to take out the honours this week. Some consistent tipping from The Merenda Family see Lee M move into equal top place with Binns Clan, only margin tipping separating the two.

The Overall Leader board

1. Binns Clan – David B - 40 points

2. The Merenda Family – Lee M - 40 points

3. Freo Donovan – Pat D - 39 points

4. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K - 39 points

5. JChamps – Jennie D -38 points

6. Trish09 – Tricia A – 37

7. Oggace – Brendon O - 37

8. Mat Smith – Mathew S on 37 points

Round 7 Results

1. The Merenda Family – Lee M with 8 correct tips

Round 8 Results

1. Ajay-San-Freo – Santosh P with 6 correct tips and 1 point margin

Round 9 starts Friday night with Collingwood taking on the Western Bulldogs – a tricky tipping game given recent form of both teams. The game starts at 5:50pm WA time, so make sure tips are in before game time.

All the best with your tipping!


Todd Dawson

Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

Scholastic Books

Book Club - Issue 3 - Due Wednesday May, 11

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

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School Term Dates

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September 2022

Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022

Pupil Free Dates

Term 3: Monday, 18 July, Friday, 19 August 2022 and Friday, 23 September

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am