St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 3 | 11 MAY 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is very nice to be back at school after taking some long service leave. Even though
I had a wonderful time in Vietnam and Cambodia, it is still nice to be back in your own
home and familiar surroundings.
Many thanks to Mr Yock and the staff for the great job they did in my absence. St Columba’s
is still in one piece and sailing along smoothly.
Our Year 4 students made their First Eucharist last Sunday. The Mass was lovely, and the students are to be commended for their reverence and participation. Many thanks go to Monsignor, Mr Yock, Miss Bechelli and Mrs Pilatti for having the students so well prepared for the day.
Many thanks to the Year 2 Dads involved in organising the Mother’s Day morning tea yesterday. The morning was extremely well attended and a fitting lead up to Mother’s Day celebrations on Sunday.
We welcome Miss Mercer who has replaced Mr Beins in Year 3. She has been a great addition to our staff.
A reminder to families that students should not be on the school grounds prior to 8:30am. St Columba’s provides supervision from 8:30am until the bell goes at 8:50am. Playgrounds are not to be used in the mornings by families. Families may use the playgrounds after school if parents are with the children and supervising them.
The P&F will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, 16 May at 7:00 pm in the school staffroom.
There are still several families walking through the Kiss and Drive entry. Please be aware that this is not an entry spot for pedestrians. Families entering on foot near the Church must enter through the Church pedestrian gate not the car entry gate. I ask families to be very vigilant when using Kiss and Drive as there has been a couple of near accidents on Forrest St due to road rules not being followed and driver impatience. In the interests of our students’ safety please drive carefully.
A timely reminder to families, that if there are issues regarding students at St Columba’s, it is not up to parents while on the school grounds to approach children other than their own and discuss issues or reprimand. Parents need to advise a classroom teacher and or the leadership team, who will then investigate and act if deemed necessary.
A very special Blessing to our mothers on Sunday for Mother’s Day. I am sure that the day will be very special for mothers and families.
God bless and keep safe.
Jump Rope for Heart 2023
We are excited to announce that our school is participating in Jump Rope for Heart this year – a fantastic fundraising and physical activity program by the Heart Foundation.
By participating in Jump Rope for Heart this term, we are expecting to get our students moving. We’ll have ropes available on the school grounds and encourage everyone to help raise funds for lifesaving research and support programs.
Please note that while the students earn prizes for the funds raised all prizes will be collected by the school and donated to Mini Vinnies to support disadvantaged children.
Over the coming weeks your child will learn new skills, increase their physical activity, and learn about heart health.
When you register your child online you’ll get access to additional skipping resources to help give your child a great reason to get away from the screens and get outdoors. Register and create your own secure webpage at jumprope.org.au/parents
By signing up online, you and your child can:
- Easily raise funds online
- Track skipping skills progress and earn virtual badges along the way
- Post updates to your page so family and friends can follow their progress
- Access additional skipping resources
Your child should have a ‘fundraising guide’ flyer to take home today, which includes further information on the program. If you didn’t receive this, visit jumprope.org.au/parents for all the information that you need.
Seeking recycled items for lunch time play pods
Our Year 6 students will be bringing out play pods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during lunchtime to provide additional play options to students.
We would love some additional items to add to the pods to evoke imaginary play – if you have any items at home that are no longer needed, please bring them to school. Ideas include:
- Old phones
- Steering wheels
- Plastic bowls/Pots/Pans
Walk Safely to School Day
WE’RE TAKING IT IN OUR STRIDE ON FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2023
Well it’s that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking!
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around.
And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
• Walking with them the whole way to school
• If they get the bus or train, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
• If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes.
It also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday, 19 MAY 2023!
Year 6 leaders will be waiting at the Alexandria Street Gate on Friday morning from 8:30am with stickers for those families that were able to walk even a small distance to school.
For more information, visit www.walk.com.au
Student Code of Conduct
Our Student Code of Conduct is a student-created document that outlines the way students want to feel when they come to St Columba’s Primary School.
It outlines behaviours and actions students can take to ensure they continue to feel Safe, Happy, Included and Special.
The Student Code of Conduct also outlines steps a child can take if they feel a student is not following the Code of Conduct.
Students refer to the document in class meetings and the poster is visible in all classrooms.
Yesterday, the Mums and mother figures of St Columba's were invited to the annual P&F led Mother's Day Event. WOWEEE! Year 2 dads, you absolutely knocked it out of the park. The rainy weather did not stop the event from being a huge success. Thank you to Dan, Jorge and all the Year 2 families that helped put this event together. From the barista made coffee, delicious food and fabulous activity stations, what a fun morning. We absolutely loved it and felt so special.
The annual Camp Australia State Handball Championships were held at the school on Sunday. It was great to see so many kids from different schools get right into it! A big thank you must go to Mat Smith, Santhosh, Phil Horner, Pete Reynolds and Renee Methorst for organising the food and drinks on the day. Another example of the P&F and DOSC (Dads of St Columba's) working together to give back to members of the wider community. It was really appreciated.
The worm incursions are continuing throughout this week for some of the year groups. It has been so nice hearing from the children what they have learnt whilst having fun in the process. I'm not sure the dining room table is the best location to keep the worm farms, but I will let you know how that goes!!
The next P&F Meeting is next Tuesday, 16 May, at 7pm. You are welcome to come along even if you aren't a class rep.
We are thinking of everyone who is home sick or may have their kiddies home sick. Be safe and reach out if you ever need anything.
2023 Dad's Camp Out Details
- Setup from 3pm on Saturday 20th May.
- Dinner and Breakfast will be provided.
- Dinner – Sausage and bun, with juice and salad
- Breakfast – Bacon and egg sandwiches, with milo, coffee, tea or juice
- We are planning on having a coffee van from 7am
- Camping items to bring – Tent, sleeping bags, mattress/air bed, warm clothes and torches
- Plus water bottles, snacks and any drinks you might want.
- There is a power point at the bottom of the oval, available for pumping up air beds. Please bring your own pumps.
If you require any further information please contact Alan Godinho on 0423 840 411 or
Mel Naso on 0419 924 216
2023 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition
Hello St. Columba’s Families,
Below are the tipping results for Rounds 7 & 8. Apologies for missing last week's updates.
In the last round, we had 8 players getting all the tips right.
Dan M 6 correct tips with a margin of 15
Alan G 6 correct tips with a margin of 18
Joshua J 6 correct tips with a margin of 18
Brett M 6 correct tips with a margin of 22
David B 6 correct tips with a margin of 23
Noah K 9 correct tips with a margin of 1
Brett M 9 correct tips with a margin of 8
Ben B 9 correct tips with a margin of 10
Alan G 9 correct tips with a margin of 13
Joshua J 9 correct tips with a margin of 15
and the overall leaderboard:
Brendon O - 43 points
Alan G - 42 points
Joshua J - 41 points
Noah K - 41 points
David B - 40 points
Mark S - 39 points
Round 9 starts off with 2 Friday night games, with the Tigers and Cats kicking us off at 5:20 PM. Don't forget to get your tips in.
If you have any questions please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Santhosh on 0411 253 951
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 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 2: Monday 15 May and Friday 2 June
Term 3: Friday 22 September
Term 4: None
Sacrament Dates for 2023
Confirmation: Saturday, 27 May at 6pm
Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am