St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Parents and Carers,

Our term has almost come to an end, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff for the wonderful work that they have been doing with our students. The students have been working well in classes and I have been very pleased with the quality of their work.

Many thanks to Mr Chatt and Mr Harris for the work that they did with training and preparing our students for the inter school cross country this week. It was an outstanding effort by everyone with the team coming second overall. All the students are to be congratulated on the way that they participated and supported each other during the cross country.

I would like to thank all the families who participated in the Strategic Plan Survey. We had an extremely good response to the survey and there were some excellent pointers that the School Advisory Council can incorporate into the School Strategic Plan. The plan is well underway and when completed later this year, will be presented to the school community through the school newsletter. I was also pleased at the extremely positive comments that parents made about how St Columba’s School operates on a day to day basis and the care our staff have for the students.

I am away today and tomorrow attending a PD at the Catholic Education Office. I will also be on

leave next week from midday Tuesday until Friday. Mr Yock will be in charge while I am away.

God bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Wednesday 28 June

  • Prayer Service Y6 @ 9am
  • Speak with Confidence Award Y6

Thursday 29 June

  • Prayer Service Y1 @ 9.10am

Friday 30 June

  • Wear NAIDOC Colours
  • NAIDOC Liturgy @ 9am
  • Term 2 Ends


Monday 17 July

  • Term 3 begins

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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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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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St Columba's Feast Day & Bishop's Lifelink Celebration

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Lifelink celebrations for St Columba's Feast Day. We raised an amazing $845.40! These funds will go towards our Lifelink charities.

CAPSS Inter School Cross Country Carnival

Students in Years 3 to 6 attended the CAPSS Inter School Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday, 20 June at Manning Park. The students represented St Columba’s over various race distances against 5 schools. The students were wonderful sports people cheering their school and its competitors on. At the end of the carnival the school Cross Country squad was awarded 2nd place!

There was a significant amount of awards presented to the school.

Individual awards

Year 3 Girls 3rd Lilli

Year 4 Girls 1st Zara

Year 5 Boys 1st James

Year 5 Girls 2nd Emily

Year 6 Girls 3rd Ciara

Team awards (highest scoring race team)

Yr 3 Girls

Yr 5 Boys

Yr 6 Girls


2nd Place - St Columba's CPS

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Program at St Columba’s Topic Overview

The below tables share with parents the topics covered in the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Program across the years for each cluster.

Early Years: Years K–2

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Primary Years: Years 3–5

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Middle Years: Year 6

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Preston Street IGA - Locals supporting locals

Thank you Preston Street IGA for your incredibly generous support for our school - Locals supporting locals.
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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

As promised, please see below the enrolments for Term 3 Co-Curricular. We are really excited to be able to offer these options for the students and can't wait to see them in action. All clubs will be run at St Columba's and do not require parents to be present. Parents will be given more information once their enrolment is confirmed.

Please keep in mind, it would be wonderful for as many children as possible to be given the option to join in on one of the co-curricular activities.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Just a reminder, there will is one more basketball session next week run for the MONDAY class only.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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YEARS 3-4 (Wednesday 26th July to Wednesday 13th September, 3:15pm - 4:40pm)

YEARS 5-6 (Monday 24th July to Monday 11th September, 3:15pm-4:40pm)

Cost: Parents to pay half, P&F to pay half

Please Note: Information regarding what to wear, room location and other important messages will be sent directly to the parents who have enrolled.

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CHESS CLUB (Years 3-6)

Date: Tuesdays at lunchtime in Term 3 (18th July - 19th September, 10 weeks in total)

Time: 1:20-1:50PM (students eat lunch first, then meet in library)

Cost: The P&F will be covering the cost of this program

Please Note: There is a strict 20 student capacity for this club. By confirming your child's registration in the program, they must commit to attending all the sessions for the term. There will be a tournament with prizes held during the last session.

You will get a confirmation email from the P&F that you have been successful in chess club enrolment.

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TECH CLUB (Years 4-6)

Dates: Week 2 - Week 9 (Choice of 2 class options, Tuesday or Friday)

Time: 3:15pm-4:15pm

Cost: Parents to pay half, P&F to pay half

Please Note: There is a strict 10 student per class capacity for this club. St Columba's will provide laptops and the appropriate software required.

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

Hello all,

Round 14 saw Brendon Ogg get all the tips right for a very tough round, Well done! with 7 people getting 5 tips right separated by margins.

Round 14 results

Brendon O 6 correct tips with a margin of 26

Brett M 5 correct tips with a margin of 17

Mark S 5 correct tips with a margin of 19

Pat D 5 correct tips with a margin of 21

Darcev H 5 correct tips with a margin of 26

Dan M 5 correct tips with a margin of 33

Ben B 5 correct tips with a margin of 38

Alan G just hangs onto his lead by 15 point margin in the overall ladder, with the next four separated only by margins.

Alan G - 72

Andrew J - 71

Brendon O - 71

Mathew S - 71

Pat D - 71

Round 15 – Last round with the byes, kicks-off tonight with Melbourne 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