St. Columba's Primary School


"Be a gift of love and compassion for one another."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Important Dates

Friday 23 August

  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy
  • Student Disco

Monday 26 August

  • Wellness Week Commences

Tuesday 27 August

  • PAF Choir - 1pm to 2.:30pm at Vasto Club, Balcatta
  • Kindy O Fathers Day morning

Wednesday 28 August

  • Football / Netball Carnival - Years 5 and 6

Thursday 29 August

  • Fathers Day Breakfast - 7:45am to ?8:30am
  • Kindy B Fathers Day morning
  • Guest Speaker - Jeremy McClure - Years 1 to 6

Friday 30 August

  • Pupil Free Day - No School for Students

What a Week!

Merit Award

Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients at last week's assembly. Well done!

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Book Week: "Reading is My Secret Power"

Secret Power of our Library

Well done and thank you to our Library Super Heroes Mrs Sandra Malarkey and Mrs Alice Shaw for preparing an action-packed Book Week to reinforce the Secret Power of reading. We have enjoyed the assembly play, written by Mrs Malarkey, and the competitions and activities.

Library News

A big thank you to students, parents and our wonderful teachers for entering into the spirit of Book Week 2019 - "Reading is your Secret Power".The costumes very creative and the staff play kept the excitement going especially Mr. P who once again starred in his role.The library has been decorated with super heroes and competition entries from the children. It makes an exciting place to visit. Prize winners will be announced at the Friday assembly and the favourite books by the secret teachers will be revealed.

Happy Book Week!

Library Roster

Monday 2 September - Louise Deshon

Wednesday 4 September - Sheridan Andrews

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

St Columba's Library

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues have been sent home with students this week. Orders are due no later than Monday 2 September 2019. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP.

Thank you to all our families for supporting our school with orders placed through Scholastic Book Club. The school receives 20% commission from sales to purchase wonderful new books for our school library.

Thank you Mrs Shaw for coordinating the Book Club for our school.

Artist of the Week

Asher from Year 2 is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen for his outstanding oriental dragon artwork. Asher loves the way he drew the dragon's body. His favourite thing about art is creating beautiful artwork and colouring it in.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Eva Rechichi from Year 5 is the Musician of the Week. Eva plays the piano and her piano tutor is Jordan. Her favourite piece is 'Pink Panther'. Her favourite performance was when she played 'Pink Panther'. She would also like to learn guitar in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

South Perth Young Writers Award 2019

I entered the South Perth Young Writers Award 2019 with a piece called ‘A Story About Nothing’. My piece of writing was selected, and I was invited to the second round. The second round was a one-on-one session to edit my story and make it perfect with the author, Deb Fitzpatrick. A few weeks later, I was invited to the award ceremony. Unfortunately, I was on holiday on the day of the ceremony and listened to the ceremony through my grandparents’ phone from Sydney. I came second with a reward of a $50 Myers voucher.


Year 6

Limited Places in Year Groups for 2020 - Spread the Word

We have a few places available next year in select classes. If you know of families moving to the area or looking for a change, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: call (08) 6436 9500 or email


P&F Visitors Car Bay Raffle

Parents please be aware that the Visitor's Car Bay is reserved for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up for our raffle winner families.

Fathers' Day Breakfast - RSVP Due Tomorrow for Catering Purposes

Next Thursday morning, 29 August, the P&F are sponsoring a Fathers' Day Breakfast. All fathers and important male figures are invited to attend with their St Columba's children (even if it is a non-school day) to enjoy the annual Fathers' Day Breakfast in the undercover area.

Please note: Kiss and Drive will not be operating on this day.

For catering purposes, please RSVP via the link below indicating how many adults and children will be attending.

RSVP's are due tomorrow for catering purposes.

Year 3 Class Reps

Student Disco Information & Rules - Tomorrow Friday 23 August

To ensure that everyone has a safe and fun night, here are some rules.

  • Parents must be contactable during the disco. (Phone number provided on RSVP form.)
  • No siblings are allowed in the disco area. (Due to safety concerns.)
  • Only students of St Columba’s in the allocated grade will be allowed in the disco area.
  • Students must remain in the disco area at all times unless being escorted to and from the toilet areas or being collected by a parent.
  • Food or drinks are not allowed in the disco area. (Water will be made available to students.)
  • Footwear must be worn at all times.
  • Parents are to collect and sign out their children from the undercover area PROMPTLY at the end if the disco.
  • Let’s all have a SUPER fun time!

Food Truck will be on site throughout the Disco.

Hot Dog - $5

Hot Dog w Cheese - $6

Cheeseburger - $6

Chips - $5

Chips & Gravy - $6

Sliders (2) - $12

See you tomorrow at the "Winter Wonderland Disco" - come dressed in your winter woolies!

Fran Palermo

Disco Coordinator

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

If you thought the big news of the week revolved around the Dockers, well I have news for you! The big news in town is The DOSCA Dads of St Columba’s Footy Tipping has a new leader of the pack. A week is a long time in footy so the saying goes and after Round 22 we have a totally new order across the competitions top 3. All the best for the final round of tipping.

Round 22 Results

The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D with 7 correct tips and margin of 34 points.

Top 10:

1. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 125

2. Scarymans - Mark S - 124

3. MC The Best - Matthew C - 124

4. O’Eagle - Oliver P - 123

5. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 123

6. Kennedy 17 - 121

7. Ruparob - Rupa P - 121

8. Eagle Duke - Duke D - 121

9. Oggace – Brendon O - 120

10. The Mighty De’s - 120

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

VACSWIM October 2019

October Vacswim swimming lessons registrations close this Sunday 25 August. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water. Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State. Visit for further information.

Health Breathing for Healthy Children Workshop

You are invited to join this workshop at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, 40 Mary Street, Highgate. Learning how to breath properly is essential to the well being of our children and ourselves. It is a vital skill. Come and learn all about breathing and the impact upon body and mind. This is a free workshop presented by Pippa Windsor, Physiotherapist (

There is still time to register for this workshop. Follow this link to register.

Hilary Campos

School Social Worker

Community Notices

2019 Vinnies Drive-in, Sleep-In - 18 October

The 2019 Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In on Friday 18 October at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre, Kingsley invites families, friends and workmates to spend a night at the only drive-in theatre in Perth and learn more about the challenges people in our community face. There is $95 registration fee per vehicle which goes towards the team fundraising target of $500. Funds raised support Vinnies services for Western Australians who are doing it tough. On the night participants can purchase items from food trucks and will watch Disney's "Toy Story 4" and Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" before sleeping overnight in their cars. Breakfast will be provided in the morning.

Register now at

Perth Redbacks Summer Domestic Competition

Commences 19 October. Nominations close 5 October. Offering girls only competitions, Under 8's to Under 18's. All details on the Perth Redbacks website.

Chess Emperor

Want to be a Chess Master? First ever international Chess Tournament coming soon. Further details or email,