St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 8 | 24 MARCH 2020

Ps 104:3-4

'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.

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


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.


God bless.


Allen McMahon

Principal

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

Anthony Rechichi

Board Chair

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

Artist of the week

Sohfia from Year 5 was chosen for her beautifully patterned, crazy hair artwork. Sohfia’s favourite thing about her piece is the messy hair. She enjoys drawing with textas and her favourite colour is green.

Learning from home

For families learning from home, online learning is now available through Seesaw and OneNote.

Online securtity

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.


https://www.who.int/about/communications/cyber-security


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.

All parent rosters cancelled

In line with no parent volunteers attending school, the Library roster is cancelled. Thank you to the parents who had volunteered to assist.

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

Bricks 4 Kidz has been cancelled for the remainder of Term 1.

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 1: Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

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