St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 8 | 24 MARCH 2020
'Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice;
turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.'
We pray for all within our school and wider community during this time. We turn to God to seek guidance; to love one another through compassion and kindness.
Message from the Principal
In what has been an extraordinarily week, there are still many positives. We continue to have students attending school, while those who are at home are learning the same outcomes. Due to low numbers in many classes we will be combining classes where necessary (in accordance with CEWA class size guidelines).
There was an announcement by the Premier of WA today regarding schooling in WA. We will be in a position to communicate Catholic Education WA's response and intentions later today. This information will be sent home as a separate email and please also monitor our Facebook posts. In addition, we will be required to gather some information from families (again, to be advised by CEWA later today).
Our teachers continue to work tirelessly - please read the message of support from The School Board below.
Message from the School Board
Dear Parents and Carers
Further to the discussion at our Board meeting last night, the Board of St. Columba’s would like to acknowledge and thank the tremendous and tireless efforts of the school’s teachers and its other staff during this difficult period that we are all experiencing because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The relentless commitment to deliver their day jobs and maintain the highest standards further reminds our school community of how fortunate we are to have these people teaching our children and maintaining our school. The school has continued to deliver its services, and the communication with the parents has been timely and informative.
Kind regards and on behalf of the St Columba’s School Board
St. Columba’s Catholic Primary School
Merit award winners - Friday 27 March
Merit Awards will be presented in class. These will be the last merit awards this term.
Year 1G - Annabelle, Olivia
Year 1W - Eden, Thomas M
Year 2G - Taylor, Nathan
Year 2W - Giorgio, Emily S
Year 3G - Aiden, Annabelle R, Duke
Year 3W - Aidan
Year 4G - Chikamuso, Ava
Year 4W - Ahliah, James
Year 5 - Sohfia V, Scarlett H
Year 6 - Andrew
Learning from home
During periods of crisis there is an increase of Cyber phishing. Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. We would like to advise parents and families to be cautious about phishing emails during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further reading on various phishing methods see link below from World Health Organisation.
Here is a recent email received pretending to be from the Health Organisation. One way to identify if the email is legitimate is to look at the domain from the sender. In this example, the sender is from a suspicious domain: current-news-alerts.com.
Action to take: delete email immediately and do not click on any links embedded within the email body.
Suspension of Sacramental Program
Pleased be advised of the communications from the Archbishop of Perth below. It includes notification that the celebration of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be suspended.
Project Compassion boxes due 30 March
Each child has received a Project Compassion donation box. These are due back to classroom teachers by the 30th March. For further information on how you can help https://lent.caritas.org.au/#
Bricks 4 Kidz cancelled
Important Dates 2020
St Mary of The Cross - Fri Aug 7
Father’s Day Breakfast - Fri Sept 4
School Open Night - Thur Sept 17
School Athletics’ Carnival - Fri Sept 18
Grandparents and Friends Celebration - Fri Oct 23
School Photos - Tue October 27 & Thurs October 29.
School Board and P&F AGMs - Tue Nov 10
Pupil Free Days 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April
Term 3: Friday 3 July, Monday 20 July and Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October
School Term Dates 2020
Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Thursday 2 July
Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December
Sacrament Dates 2020 - SUSPENDED
Confirmation: Saturday 30 May at 6pm
Eucharist: Sunday 14 June at 9:30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 14 November at 10am to 11:30am