St. Columba's Primary School


"We must teach more by example than by word."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

This week is Wellness Week! We hope your family has enjoyed the break from routine of homework and uniforms. Thank you Mrs Lam for the fruit!

We have some great events coming up, please make your bookings soon. With the Dad’s of St Columba's Campout (6 April); UR STRONG Friendship Workshop (21 March) and Circle of Security Parenting Program (proposed to start 18 March). There is lots on offer.

It has also been a sporting week, with the cricket carnival on Wednesday and the swimming carnival today. We trust the children have enjoyed these opportunities.

We continue to accept enrolment's for Kindergarten 2021. If you know of any interested families, please encourage them to contact us.

The Sacramental Enrolment Mass is this Saturday at 6pm at St Columba's Church for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation candidates.

Please note for your diary the pupil free day on Monday 29 April next term.

Thank you for the positive feedback so many parents have offered on our new format of newsletter. Our aim is to reduce weekday emails to you. All the information will be in the newsletter. Facebook continues to be a channel where you can follow special events and moments.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

Important Dates for Next Week

Saturday 16 March

  • Sacramental Enrolment Mass for Years 3, 4 and 6 at 6pm (Attendance is a requirement for all Sacramental candidates.)

Sunday 17 March

  • St Patrick Feast Day

Monday 18 March

  • Harmony Day Assembly at 8:50am
  • Circle of Security 6pm to 9pm - Fr Brennan Centre

Tuesday 19 March

  • P&F Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday 20 March

  • School Photo Day for Kindergarten to Year 6

Thursday 21 March

  • UR Strong Workshops

Friday 22 March

  • Year 4 Assembly at 8:50am

Merit Awards - 22 March Assembly

Year 1B - Talin M

Year 1O - Xavier C

Year 2C - Poppy O, Gabriel T

Year 2F - Aiden L, Luca R

Year 3B - Maggie A, Oliver P

Year 3P - Nate C, Nanditha J

Year 4D - Ivanka M, Tyla T

Year 5B - Lucia L

Year 6P - Gabrielle N

St Columba's Code of Conduct

This week we look at Statement 3 in the Code of Conduct which is an integral part of our school culture.

‘You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.’

This statement reminds us that our choices and behaviours are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action, how our faith is interwoven in life experiences.

Here are some examples, of how this statement is evident in practical ways in our school community:

  • when staff differentiate to meet the needs of individual students. This recognises the dignity and giftedness of each child and builds the path for positive relationships,
  • when students include others in their play, respect the school’s resources and when students use their gifts and talents,
  • when parents communicate with staff in a respectful way.

Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022

As our School grows, we want to preserve our core values.

Have your say in the future growth of our school.

A school survey will be distributed to families, school staff and senior students to gather information that will be used to develop the Strategic Plan for the next 3 years.

Survey coming out soon!

School Fee Accounts

A reminder that those families wishing to pay their fees in full will need to pay prior to the 29 March 2019 in order to receive the discount.

Payment Options include: fully payment, monthly or fortnightly payments. Payments can be made by EFTPOS/Credit Card in the front office or via BPAY and direct debit. (Direct Debit Request form to be completed and returned to the school).

All families are to advise the school of their payment options by tomorrow, Friday 15 March. This is a new procedure at St. Columba’s Primary School. Finance staff will follow up with families that have not advised the school by the due date.

Pre-Kindy accounts are payable with 7 days of receiving fee statement.

Should you have any queries regarding your School Fee statement please contact Narelle Foster (

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Kindergarten Enrolment 2021

Applications for Kindergarten are now being received to attend in 2021.To attend Kindergarten in 2021 your child needs to have been born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Please submit your completed application form, together with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and Immunisation records to the school office.

Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Application for Enrolment forms are available from the School Website and the school office.

Project Compassion - 100% Hope


Tati is a Dayak woman, living in a remote forest of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, with her husband and two of her three children.

To read more of Tati story follow this link.

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Harmony Day - Everyone Belongs

On Monday the children will be celebrating Harmony Day.

There will be an assembly at 9am to acknowledge the many nationalities that make Australia a great Nation. Children are asked to come dressed in traditional costume or to wear their sport uniform with something orange (eg orange socks, ribbon, shirt, shoe laces etc.)

We ask families for a gold coin donation per family for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, who distribute new books to remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

Please support this wonderful day.

Happy Harmony Day

Sandra Malarkey


Canteen News

The school canteen has had to make some price increases to some menu items.
  • Hot Dogs - $4.50
  • Family Meals - $30

Many thanks to Maria and Rita for all their hard work in the canteen.

Canteen Menu

Library Roster

Next week's roster . . .

Monday 18 March - Jenny Collins

Wednesday 20 March - Nicole Baroni

Happy reading.

Sandra Malarkey (Teacher Librarian)

Alice Shaw (Library Officer)

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home this week. Orders are due back to the office on Monday, 18 March. Please note, late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP, the Scholastic Book Club Linked Online Ordering and Payment platform.

The school receives 20% commission on sales from orders placed through Scholastic Book Club. The school received $268 worth of books for the library with the latest Book Club issues.

Thank you for supporting our library .

Alice Shaw

Book Club Coordinator

Musician of the Week

Edith J from Year 5 is the Musician of the Week. Edith plays the guitar and the piano. Her teacher is Fifi Winata for guitar, and Gwen Woodruff for piano. She has been playing piano for 5 years and the guitar for 1 year and 3 months. Edith's favourite piece is Circus Parade which she plays on the guitar. Her favourite performance was the Performing Arts Guitar Ensemble. Other than playing the piano and the guitar she also loves reading and gymnastics. Edith is in the school choir as well as the select chamber choir.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Artist of the Week

Aiden L from Year 1B is the Artist of the Week. Aiden was chosen to be Artist of the Week because of his amazing Britto inspired cat artwork. Aiden’s favourite thing about art is drawing. He loves drawing dinosaurs because he thinks they are cool. He also likes clay because he mixes the colours and makes three dimensional shapes. He likes making balls out of clay for his brother to practice catching. To make his cat artwork Aiden used permanent marker, oil pastels, pencil and watercolours. Aiden like the patterns in his cat artwork.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Year 1 Art - Romero Britto' Style Cats and Dogs

Waste Wise News - Recycling Target

Our next recycling target is toothbrushes and other oral care products.

North America Wastes Over 1 Billion Toothbrushes! No, your eyes aren’t playing any tricks on you because the title is accurate according to Foreo. That many toothbrushes end up in landfill and are enough to stretch around the earth 4 times. And this is just North America; imagine how many other countries are discarding – the impact would be catastrophic. The clean-up costs just from that are beyond conceivable.

What you can recycle in this program.

  • toothpaste tubes and caps
  • toothbrushes
  • toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging
  • floss containers

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss).

Please note: electronic toothbrushes and electronic toothbrush parts are not recyclable through this program. In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss).

See your classroom for collection boxes.

Please consider Bamboo toothbrush alternatives and toothpaste in reusable tins/jars.

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

Waste Wise Coordinators

URSTRONG Workshops

Registrations close tomorrow - don't miss out!

URSTRONG’s Language of Friendship parent-child workshops being held on Thursday 21 March in the school undercover area.

Two sessions:

Year's 1 and 2 - Language of Friendship (Junior)

5pm to 6:30pm

Please click here to register.

Year's 3 to 6 - Language of Friendship

7pm to 8.30pm

Please click here to register.


Tickets are $27.50 per person (both adults and children). Please use the promo code STCOLUMBAS to receive a discount of $10, kindly sponsored by our P&F.

For a parent attending both workshops: only one ticket is required (please let us know if you are attending both in the notes section of the registration form).

Circle of Security Workshops

Presented by Hilary Campos, School Social Worker

When: Monday - 18 March, 25 March, 1 April and 8 April

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Place: Fr Brennan Centre

If you would to attend these workshops please register via email to Please include the names of those attending and a contact number. All parents and carers are welcome. A commitment to attend all 4 sessions in the series is very important to enjoy maximum benefits from the programme.

Please contact Hilary for further information at: .

Parish News from Monsignor

I have returned from my two months long-service leave. I was Chaplin on a cruise ship which left Fremantle on January 6 and sailed up the WA coast to Geraldton, Exmouth, Broome and Kuri Bay in the Kimberley. There were 20 to 30 at daily Mass and triple that number on Sunday. The second cruise from Singapore saw the arrival of an English and American priest who were travelling as passengers, who joined me to concelebrate Mass each day. I thank Fr Manoel for administering the Parish whilst I was away and the supply priests who assisted him.

I am looking forward to the Sacramental Commitment Mass this Saturday at 6pm. I will be praying for the children preparing for the Sacraments and for their families. I remember receiving these Sacraments myself as though it was yesterday! Please make time for family prayer to assist the Sacramental candidates.

Lent is a time for increased prayer and Penance. On the Fridays of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5pm in the Church. The time for Reconciliation will revert to Saturdays at 11.30am.

Sunday Masses at St Columba’s Church are Saturday Vigil at 6pm and Sundays at 7.30pm and 9.3oam.

May God bless you all.

Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest


DOSCA (Dad's of St Columba's) - Footy Tipping Competition

Seasons Kicks of Thursday 21 March

  • $20 per family for the season.
  • Weekly and end of year prizes.
  • Registration and payment at the office.
  • Registration Code issued with payment.
  • Register by noon tomorrow to be in for the End of Season Prizes.

Davide Palermo

Footy Tipping Coorindator

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DOSCA Campout

Dads – dust off your tents and shake out the sleeping bags: campout is coming soon!

Save the date: Saturday 6 April

Entertainment Books 2019/20

The P&F are once again selling the Entertainment Book ($70) to raise funds. The P&f receives $14 commission for each book sold. Please click here for the Online Order Page to order your digital book. If you prefer a hard coy of the Entertainment Book, we will advise when they are available from the school office.


Creative Kids Art Club - April Holiday Workshops

Come join us for fun and creative workshops! Our April holiday program will run from Monday 14 April to Friday 26 April 2019. To book or find out more please visit our website .

Gymnastics WA

  • Gym Warriors is an exciting opportunity for children aged 6 to 3 to experience the thrill and learn the skills of FreeG, tumbling and mini trampoline at the State Gymnastics Centre in Leederville with accredited coaches in a fun environment. Participants of all abilities are welcome and you do not need to be a registered member of a Gymnastics WA club to participate. Further information and registration details please click here.
  • Come & Try Day: Fun multi-sensory sessions for children aged 5 years and under with their parent/guardian led by qualified coaches. This is a perfect opportunity to try Gymnastics before joining your local affiliated club. All details, click here.