St. Columba's Primary School


"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Congratulations to our Year 4 students who made their First Communion last Sunday. It was a beautiful celebration and many thanks to Mrs Davis, Mrs Komnick and Mrs Robinson for organising. Also thank you to Monsignor for celebrating the Mass on the day.

Unfortunately, due to parking issues with families and residents on York Street near the new Kindy building, the City of South Perth has advised that the school is going to have to provide seven parking bays at our cost as extra parking. At this stage, three will be onsite and four will be embayed into the verge. This means that the playground will lose some of its play area. How much is still to be determined. Once the City of South Perth has made its final decision I will advise families as to what the changes will look like. This will take some months.

A reminder that the start of Term 3 Monday 22 July is a pupil free day. Students start on Tuesday 23 July.

God Bless

Allen McMahon


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First Holy Communion

What a Week!

Important Dates

Friday 28 June

  • Winter Sports Lightning Carnival at Morris Buzacott Reserve - Years 5 and 6

Monday 1 July

  • Speak with Confidence - Selected Students

Tuesday 2 July

  • Singfest 2pm - St Columba's Undercover Area

Friday 5 July

  • Year 1B Assembly at 8:50am
  • 'Footy Colours' for Gold Coin Donation - LifeLink

2019 Term Dates and Pupil Free Days

Term Dates:

Term 3: Tuesday July 23 to Friday 27 September

Term 4: Tuesday 15 October to Friday 13 December

Pupil Free Days:

Monday 22 July

Friday 30 August

Monday 14 October

Footy Colours Dress next Friday - Gold Coin Donation for LifeLink

Next Friday, 5 July 2019, all students will be allowed to wear their ‘footy colours’ for a gold coin donation. The funds raised for this footy colour dress day for the students will be donated to LifeLink.

The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services and caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year. This is an annual event.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last week's Merit Award recipients.

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 5 July 2019

Year 1B: Taylor, Fionn, Harry and Martin

Year 1O: Ari

Year 2C: Xavier and Jason

Year 2F: Maya and Sebastien

Year 3B: Oskar, Ava and Lucas

Year 3P: Nikola

Year 4: Grace , Scarlett C, Amelia and Gabriella

Year 5: Cerise and Andrew

Year 6: Xavier and Abigail

Footy Skills Program

Our Year 3 to 6 students continue to enjoy the Freo Footy Skills Program, provided through secured funding for the Schools for Sport program.

Girls’ Robotics Group

Our Girls’ Robotics Group are programming their robots to dance to Moana at the RoboCup WA State Competition in August. It’s challenging work – but lots of fun!

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Science Lego Challenge

Engineering, ingenuity and creative flair were on display at the Science Lego Competition! We are so proud of all our students developing into real-world problem solvers.

We had all sorts of challenges: marble runs; tree houses that withstand a big drop; a spaceship to get back home from Mars; and a bridge that can withstand a cyclone.

Well done to all the winners!

Artist of the Week

Harry from Year 2 is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen for his beautiful Bronwyn Bancroft inspired platypus artwork. Harry's favourite thing about his piece is the patterns. He loves art because he enjoys drawing lots of different animals.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Daniel in Year 4 is the Musician of the Week and he plays the piano. Daniel's teacher is Jordan. He has been playing the piano for 2 and half years. His favourite piece and performance is 'Birdcatchers'. In the future he would like to learn the violin. He also loves birds and has a lot of budgies.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Singfest - Next Tuesday at St Columba's

Next Tuesday, 2 July , we at St Columba's are hosting the 2019 Singfest. Our choir will combine with the choir from Holy Spirit Primary to enjoy a day of singing together. We have been working towards this event and can't wait to get together and have some fun.

All are welcome to join us for the concert in the undercover area at 2pm.

Parent Helpers: I am also looking for some parent helpers on the day. If you are able to help out please contact myself or the school office.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Callout for a Composter or Worm Farm

The Waste Wise team are looking for a compost bin, compost Tumbler or a Worm Farm. If you have one sitting in your yard at home and it is not being used, we would love to utilise it for our organic waste. In turn, the composted matter will be used to create veggie and garden patches.

PLASTIC FREE JULY: Making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities. Find alternatives that can become new habits forever!

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

St Columba's Recycling Team

Kindy 2020 and 2021 - Inviting Waiting List Applications

If you know of a family still interested, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: Call (08) 6436 9500 or email

Order from Canteen

WINNING WELLNESS WEEK RECIPES are available for order from the Canteen until the end of term.

Chloe’s Special Chicken Soup served with Bread - $2.50 per cup

Ella’s Beautiful Banana Bread available at recess - $1 per slice

Library Roster for Next Week

Monday 1 July - Sonia Sumich

Wednesday 3 July - Mary Donovan

Thank you to all parents who have assisted in the library this term.

Phillip Pendal Awards Night

This year, several students from St Columba’s entered the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award competition. To enter, students needed to take a photo of an historical place in the City of South Perth and write a report about it.

Last Thursday, 20 June, seven of our students were awarded prizes at the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Awards Night. Dinuli, Remy, Ruby, Xavier, Sophia and Madeline won Certificates of Merit. Scarlett won the major prize for primary school students. Scarlett’s win resulted in the school receiving two books, donated by the Pendal Family.

Congratulations to all to all of these students.

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Parish News

Congratulations to all the First Holy Communicants. A special thank you to Mrs Davis, Mrs Komnick and Mrs McDonald, and the School Choir, and altar servers. Thank you to all the staff who helped and to those who assisted on the day.

I am so pleased that so many are interested in the Altar Serving training session that Mrs Collins is organising for Saturday, 3 August at 3pm.

At least three families responded to my request to consider purchasing a copy of the Parish history “One Hundred Years on Barney’s Hill”. They are always available in the Church, $20 per copy. Also available are the hard covered, spiral bound parish books with the engaging photo of Pope Francis at prayer on the cover. They are only $15 per copy. My thanks to Nicole Hartanto, whose mother arranged their printing and each copy contains our School Prayer.

May God bless you all.

Rev Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Parents and Friends

Save the Date: Friday 13 September | 7pm

Dust off your flares and old album covers for Retro Music Bingo! Brush up on your 70s, 80s and 90s music, then gather your friends, including those from outside the school, and get your winning table together. Dress up ideas at

Manna Food Relief Program

Monday is the last day for donations to be received. THANK YOU to for the wonderful support of this program. Collection baskets are in the classrooms for final donations.

Class Donation Allocations:

Year 6 - Long Life Milk, Year 5 - Long Life Juice (no glass bottles please), Year 4 - Packet Biscuits/Crackers, Year 3B - Rice (Small Bags) and Pasta (Family pack), Year 3P - Cereal (Nut Free), Year 2C - Tin Soup, Year 2F - Tin Foods Meat and Vegetables, Year 1O - Children’s Soap, Year 1B - Children’s Shampoo, Pre-Primary B - Fruit Cups/Children Snack Packs, Pre-Primary F - Muesli Bars (Nut Free), Kindy O - First Aid Supplies (Bandaids, Antiseptic Creams etc), Kindy B - Suncream, Reusable Shopping Bags, Pre-Kindy - Cup Noodles/Soup Packet (No cook, “just add water” type of meals please.), Staff - Jams and Spreads.

Any donations of new socks for kids or adults are also most welcomed.

Term 3 Car Bay Raffle

Final days to be in the Car Bay for the Term 3 raffle!

Please look for your class reps to purchase tickets ready for your bay next term. Tickets one for $2 or 3 for $5.

Drawn next week.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

Twice in 3 rounds sees Anniecrows 18 – Annabelle K take out the top tipping for this round. The leader board remains tightly contested with only 2 tips separating 2nd to 13th spot. Bye rounds are now complete and we can get on with the business end of the year. All the best.

Round 14 Results

Anniecrows18 – Annabelle K, 6 correct tips and margin of 11 points.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 82

2. R-K-S Rob B - 77

3. Scarymans - Mark S - 77

4. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 77

5. Ruparob – Rupa P - 77

6. The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D - 76

7. Binns Clan – David B - 76

8. Goal Sneak - Todd D - 76

9. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 76

10. Kennedy17- Christian P - 75

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Basketball School Program at St Columba's

Redhage Basketball School Program commencing Term 3 at St Columba's. 5 August to 16 September for Year's 1 to 6. Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. For further information or to register follow the link below.

St Columba's South Perth Registration Link - Only 8 sports left!

Community Notices

Trinity College - Year 2020 and 2021 Enrolments

Trinity College are now accepting enrolments for students entering Year 7 in 2020 and 2021. To find out more and to access the enrolment form, please visit the Trinity College website: If you would like to book a personalised tour and learn more about the College, contact our Registrar via or (08) 9223 8121.

UWA - The Little HOO-HAA!

At the University of Western Australia, we have a great program of theatre for children. These school holidays we are presenting The Little HOO-HAA!, which is improvised comedy for children and a really fun family day out! It was a huge success in 2018 so is back for another 2 week season. More information can be found at

Grasshopper Soccer - Term 3 Programs

Soccer fun for girls and boys aged 2 to 12. Term 3 programs starting 27 July. Further details please call 0451172877, email or visit the website.

Please keep in your prayers for this Sunday the Candidates that will be receiving the

Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time,