St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very rapidly approaching the end of the term. We have had classes hit very hard with sickness, and I would ask that if your child is showing symptoms of COVID or the Flu that they are kept at home to protect the other students in their class and our staff.

Next week on Thursday we will have a Ysafe Cyber Safety Talk for Yr 4-6 classes. We will also have Constable Care presenting to our PP-Yr 3 students on the same day.

Many thanks to Mrs Mitchell who has come up with the idea of the 'P&F Pitch' for our students. The P&F and the school will co-contribute $500 each for a total of $1000 and the Yr 6 students will be able use this money to develop an idea from discussion at student council meetings. The Yr 6 students will then source, cost and present the idea to the P&F for approval.

School reports will go live for families to access on Wednesday, 28 June. The current report format featured in this semester’s reports will change for the Term 4 reports. I will advise the new report format during Term 4.

We will have Mrs O’Brien and Mrs Ogg on long service leave for the last two weeks of this term. We wish them all the best and a restful break.

Please note that Term 2 will conclude on Friday, 30 June and students will resume Term 3 on Monday, 17 July. There is no pupil free day at the start of Term 3.

God bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 16 June

  • Assembly - 3W

Tuesday 20 June

  • CAPSS Cross Country Y3-6 - Manning Park

Thursday 22 June

  • YSafe Cyber Safety Talk Y4-6 @ 9am
  • Constable Care PP-Y3
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Merit Awards - Friday, 16 June

Year 1G - Hana, Hugo, Ayla, George

Year 1W - Matthew O, Anthony, Kedar, Kayleigh

Year 2G - Sarah, Oscar T, Daniel

Year 2W - Harry, Freddie, Alexandra, Mitchell

Year 3G - Leonardo, Ava

Year 3W - Jeremy L, Zara

Year 4G - Emily, Samuel, Xavi

Year 4W - Nena, Neve, Ruby

Year 5G - Emily S, Romain

Year 5W - Bughaw, James, Kayla, Anastasiia

Year 6G - Anna, Xavier

Year 6W - Aiden, Allegra

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Cyber Safety Incursions for Pre-Primary to Year 6

In Week 9 on Thursday, 22 June all Pre-Primary to Year 6 classes will participate in Cyber Safety incursions, targeted to their developmental level.

Year 4-6 classes will be presented to by Ysafe and our PP – Year 3 students will hear from Constable Care.

Cyber safety education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in online environments. It involves acknowledging the benefits and opportunities offered by the online world, while understanding the risks and avoiding potential harms.

We look forward to being able to provide our students with this important experience.


NAIDOC Week will be celebrated by the St Columba’s school community in Week 10. This will involve activities and tasks completed in class that build student understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and customs.

The Week will conclude with a NAIDOC Liturgy on the last day of school, Friday 30 June. We look forward to students deepening their understanding of the First Peoples of Australia as we celebrate the 2023 theme, “For Our Elders!” Students are encouraged to come to school in NAIDOC free dress colours. No donation is required.

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Expression of Interest for Before School Y4-6 Dance Club - Term 3

Year 4-6 Parents,

This form is an expression of interest to see if we have enough student interest to start a dance club before school on Tuesdays from 8:00-8:30am in Kalyara (Undercover Space) for Term 3.

The goal for holding this dance group is to encourage fitness, strength, coordination, and confidence through dance movements.

Please fill in the form below only if this is something your child would be interested in.

Details are as follows:
Instructor: Miss Alice Komorowski
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Day: Tuesday mornings in Term 3 (commencing Week 2 and concluding Week 9)

All students are welcome and all abilities are catered for. The only prerequisite is a love of dance!

Please complete the below expression of interest by Friday, 16 June to allow us enough time to assess student interest and plan accordingly.

Please note this is not a registration but only an expression of interest at this stage.

Semester 1 Reports 2023 (Pre-Primary to Year 6)

Semester 1 Reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students will be made available on Wednesday, 28 June at 3:30 pm.

Reports will be provisioned online this semester through the SEQTA Engage portal.

All parents who have received their child’s report online previously have been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account.

The SEQTA Engage web address is

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 1 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 year 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.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

The P&F are super excited to announce a new initiative into the school, The P&F Pitch, please see details below.

We also have our Friend-Raiser - Op Shop Themed Games Night on Saturday, 12 August, please see details below.

You can see the approved minutes attached from Meeting 3 for those that are interested.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

The P&F Pitch

Introducing, The P&F Pitch! What is this you ask? This is our very own version of Shark Tank. We are giving the students an opportunity to pitch 2-3 ideas to the P&F (gathered from the entire school community). From there, we will decide what option we will grant funding towards. We can’t wait to trial this opportunity and see what wonderful ideas the children come up with. You will hear more on this over the upcoming weeks.

FRIEND-RAISER SAVE THE DATE - SAT 12 AUG 2023 (adults only)

This year, we are excited to be hosting an adults only Op Shop Themed Games Night. Staff, parents and carers are all invited to enjoy a night of fun, laughter and an opportunity to get to know one another better. More information will come over the next few weeks, but lock in your babysitters, this will be a night not to be missed.

2023 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition

Hello all,

A good round of tipping was evident in Round 13, with 7 people getting 5 tips right separated by margins.

Round 13 results

Cooper M 5 correct tips with a margin of 4

Chris O 5 correct tips with a margin of 8

Rachel D 5 correct tips with a margin of 14

Andrew J 5 correct tips with a margin of 14

Darcey H 5 correct tips with a margin of 14

Pat D 5 correct tips with a margin of 14

Ben B 5 correct tips with a margin of 36

Alan G continues his lead in the overall ladder, with the next couple of spots in the top 10 separated only by margins

Alan G - 69

David B - 67

Mathew S - 67

Andrew J - 66

Pat D - 66

Noah K - 66

Round 14 kicks off tonight with Port hosting the Cats at 5:40 PM. Don't forget to get your Tips in.

If you have any questions please drop me an email at or call Santhosh on 0411253951

Happy tipping!



Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Did you know that every purchase you make on Book Club earns our school 15% of the order value in Scholastic Rewards? We use these to purchase more books and educational resources for the school. It all helps!

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 for 2023

Term 2: Wednesday, 26 April to Friday, 30 June 2023

Term 3: Monday, 17 July to Friday, 21 September 2023

Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Friday, 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days for 2023

Term 3: Friday 22 September

Term 4: None

Sacrament Dates for 2023

Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am