St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 7 | 23 NOVEMBER 2023
“Dear Jesus, give me the courage, strength and generosity to let go
and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the fullest.
Lead me always to be positive as I entrust the past to your mercy,
the present to your love, and the future to your providence. Amen”
Dear Parents and Carers
We are a little more than two weeks from the end of the school year. They are an extremely busy two weeks as staff prepare for the end of year and school reports.
Next week we have two very important events happening. On Tuesday we will farewell our Year 6 students at their Graduation Mass and supper and then on Friday evening, we will have the Carols Night. The Carols night will start just after 5:30pm with the Choir on the school oval and the classes will finish their Carols around 7:00pm.
Given the extreme weather at the moment the school is putting in place Hot Weather Protocols. This means students are required to stay on the verandas, undercover area or classrooms at lunch times. They will not be playing on the ovals or out in the sun at lunch times.
Reports will once again be available online from Wednesday, 6 December. Please note that the reports have a new format as explained earlier in the year and there is only a general comment. There are no longer comments for RE, English and Maths.
Just a reminder that families are not to park in the Church car park at drop off or pick up times. Those parking bays are for staff only and Kiss and Drive families.
I will be away for Term 1 in 2024 on Long Service Leave and Mr Yock will be the acting principal in my absence.
Please note, Term Four concludes for students on Friday, 8 December.
School resumes for students in 2024 on Wednesday, 31 January.
God Bless and keep safe
St Vinnies Christmas Appeal
The Annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is about to begin, and St Columba’s Primary School is excited to be involved once again.
What is the Vinnies Christmas Appeal?
For many people, Christmas is a joyful time of year however, the sad reality is that 13.3% of Australians are living in poverty. Of these, 731,300 are children who may not get their Christmas wish. Your support can make a difference.
Our generosity through the Vinnies Christmas Appeal can provide urgent relief for a family who’s doing it tough this Christmas and give them hope for a better future.
How does St Columba’s get involved?
St Columba’s is participating in the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal. We are looking for families to donate non-perishable food items to the baskets in each classroom, which will be used to make up Christmas hampers for those in need.
Carols Evening – Friday, 1 December
The Carols Night will be held on Friday, 1 December (Week 8) on the school bottom oval. It is a requirement that students from PP - Year 6 attend, as each class will be singing a carol.
Kindy students attending the Carols night will have the option of singing a carol and at the end of their carol will be allowed to sit with their family. The carol singing for all classes should take approximately an hour.
The evening will begin with the Choir singing from 5:45pm and the classes from 6:00pm.
PP- Year 6 students are required to meet their classroom teacher in their classroom at 5:30pm. Kindy students need to meet their class teacher on the bottom oval at this time.
PP – Y6 classes will commence walking down to the bottom oval from 5:40pm.
Students are encouraged to wear a Christmas t-shirt / clothing in the Christmas colours. Christmas headpieces are optional. Footwear must be worn.
Please note, at the end of the Carols, children will be dismissed to families by their class teachers and the school will not be responsible for supervising the students.
The beauty of Advent is that it is a season, not a day. Preparing for Advent as Catholics means that we can enjoy the richness of our faith which helps us to prepare our hearts and minds for celebrating the coming of the Christ child on Christmas.
What is the Advent season in the Catholic Church?
Advent is a four-week spiritual preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas day. We have four weeks of Mass readings and prayers to help us focus on Jesus and what He has done for us. The First Sunday of Advent is next weekend – Sunday 3rd December.
What does Advent prepare us for?
Advent is a gift to us. The four weeks of Advent help us to prepare us to truly celebrate Christmas, to contemplate and understand (as much as we are humanly able) the great reality of God becoming man for our sakes because of His great love for each of us.
Advent gives us the opportunity to reflect more on the truths about Jesus and our Catholic faith so we can spiritually prepare our hearts for celebrating Jesus’ birth on Christmas.
How do we prepare for Advent?
Advent itself is a time of preparation. We do not necessarily need to prepare for Advent itself but use the time of Advent to prepare for Christ’s coming on Christmas.
Here are some ideas of things you can do with your family to help prepare during Advent for Christmas.
· Pray more
· Go to Mass
· Go to Reconciliation
· Have and Advent wreath - An Advent wreath is a wreath with four candles. Usually, there are three purple candles and one pink candle. Each Sunday in Advent, one new candle is lit.
· Practice Advent traditions each year
There are many ways during Advent that we can prepare our hearts and minds for celebrating Jesus’ birth at Christmas.
Semester 2 Reports 2023 (Pre-Primary to Year 6)
Semester 2 Reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students will be made available on Wednesday 6 December at 3:30 pm. Reports will be provisioned online this semester through the SEQTA Engage portal.
Reports for Kindergarten students only will be sent home as a hard copy on Wednesday, 6 December.
All parents with children in Pre-Primary to Year 6, who have received their child’s report online previously, have been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account.
The SEQTA Engage web address is https://stcolumbassp.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/
Please note there is also a ‘Reports – SEQTA Engage’ tab on the FAMILIES page of the school website that links directly to the above link.
Please ensure you can log into your account so that you can receive your child's Semester 2 report.
If you are unable to locate your login information, please follow these steps:
- Click on the Forgot your password? link
- Enter your email address into the relevant box and click on Reset my password
- Go to your email box and reset your password according to the instructions in the email.
- The password reset email will expire after 1 hour of being generated.
Parents who are new to St Columba’s this semester or who have not previously been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account will receive an email shortly inviting them to create one.
Please contact the front office if you have any issues logging into your SEQTA Engage account.
U/13 Selection WA Hockey
Congratulations to Milani on her selection for the 2024 WA State Indoor Team travelling to Canberra in January. All the best!
Mary MacKillop Today News
Altar Server Training
The motto of a heart of service, “All for the Honour and Glory of God”.
Altar servers training, the 9th and 15th of December 3pm Parish centre.
Open to those who have received their first communion.
Please click the link below for expression of interest:
P&F Pitch - Craft Club
Students have enjoyed lunch time Craft Club, which is generously supported by the the P&F Pitch.
Have a lovely week everyone.
Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP 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.
School Term Dates for 2023
Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Friday, 8 December 2023
Pupil Free Days for 2023
Term 4: None
St Columba's Catholic Primary School
Location: 30 York Street, South Perth WA 6151, Australia
Phone: (08) 6436 9500