St. Columba's Primary School


Prayer of St Columba

Be O Lord, a guiding star above me,

a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me

and a bright flame before me; today, tonight and forever.


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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope everyone has settled back to some normality with their lives albeit in a different way

due to the COVID-19 virus. Our students have had a great week.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers for the smooth transition back to normal drop off

and pick up procedures. It has been very interesting to see how independent the majority

of the junior students have become in walking themselves into classrooms and unpacking their own bags. I would like to see this continue and would encourage parents and carers to let their children continue to walk themselves into classrooms and unpack their own bags in the morning.

Playground equipment and water fountains are now able to be used by students.

Just an update on Sacraments. We have been advised by the Archbishops Office that celebration of Sacraments is as :

Celebration of the Sacraments of the Church

  • The celebration of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for school-aged children may recommence. Physical distancing of one (1) person per 2 square metres must be observed inside the church. Available seating must be clearly marked with signage to assist in maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 meters between people of other households.
  • Confirmation for school-aged children remains temporarily suspended except for those in danger of death.
  • In making preparations for the number of participants for the Sacraments, the spacing requirements noted above must be taken into account. Consideration must also be given to ensuring there are no more than one hundred (100) people per single undivided space, and up to 300 people in total per venue over multiple spaces. (it is the presumption of the Archdiocese that a church building is classified as a single undivided space unless it has floor to ceiling movable walls which completely isolate one space from another space).

In due course Monsignor O’Loughlin will advise as to the Parish decision concerning First Holy Communion and First reconciliation. Celebration of Confirmation will be as advised by the Archbishop.

God Bless and stay safe

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Friday 12 June

Year 1G - Ivy, Amber

Year 1W - Kieran, Xavier

Year 2G - Marcus, Valentina

Year 2W - Romain, Toby

Year 3G - Xavier, Ruby

Year 3W - Sofia, Caeli

Year 4G - Francesco, Jack

Year 4W - Matthew, Chayse

Year 5 - Larston, Amelia

Year 6 - Anna, Claudia

Free dress tomorrow - Fri 12 June

As part of our celebration of St Columba's Feast Day we're having free dress Friday 12 June.

Canteen next week - Fri 19th June

On Friday 19th June, the canteen will be having a sausage sizzle day. Hot dogs will be available as per the menu, for $4.50. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY OPTION AVAILABLE FOR LUNCHTIME FOR THIS DAY.

To assist with catering and ordering, parents are requested to place orders by Tuesday 16th June via the online ordering webpage.

Parking - remember to observe street signage

Please remember to adhere to the school parking policy and the street verge signage. Parking is not permitted in ‘no standing or parking ‘zones and cars that do not follow the street and verge signage face a possible fine from the Ranger. Do not to park in the Kiss and Drive zone. Between 3:00pm and 3:05pm only families with students in K-PP should access Kiss and Drive. Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated.

The Holy Trinity

Last Sunday we celebrated ‘Trinity Sunday’. A special celebration in our Church. The key message of the readings last Sunday is God’s Love.

In the Gospel Jesus said, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour.”

The Holy Trinity is considered a mystery in our Church, because it is a hard concept to understand. How can God be three people, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit? Just like a 3D object that has height, width and length, God has three dimensions. Another example is water (H2O). Water can be liquid, solid (ice) and steam, three different dimensions, but still H2O.

The purpose of Trinity Sunday though is to focus on the love of God. Love requires someone who loves, one who is loved and the strength of that love. If God is love, then God the Father is the one who loves, God the Son is the one who is loved (like us), and the strength of that love is God the Holy Spirit.

Artist of the week

The Artist of the Week is Oskar from Year 4 for his Plastic Waste Fish Art. Oskar's favourite thing about his piece is the way he drew the rubbish, like the bottle caps. He drew the fish with lead pencil and collaged the background with colourful, patterned paper. At home, Oscar likes to paint 3D objects like boxes.

Cerise and Sarina

Year 6 Art Leaders

Waste Free Wednesday now every week

Remember - Waste Free Wednesday is now every Wednesday, to help create a more sustainable environment and community

Choir and Ukulele Lessons

Voluntary Choir Years 4-6 is on Wednesday from 8.00-8.40am.

Voluntary Ukulele is on Wednesday lunchtime from 1.10-1.30pm.

Chamber Choir is on Thursday 8.00-8.40am.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

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Lost & Found - is this your book?

If you've lost your "The Very Noisy Bear" book, it's safe and sound at the office. Please pop by and reclaim.

Camp Australia Newsletter

For the last couple of weeks, we have been celebrating Reconciliation Week at Camp Australia. We have also been learning about the various countries that our children belong to. Read more in our newsletter...

Footy tipping is back!

Dig out those login details - Footy tipping is back!

Redhage Basketball School Holiday Camp

Trinity College Open Day

Trinity College warmly invites you to attend an Open Day for prospective students on Wednesday, 1 July 2020. Families are welcome to attend the 9:15am or 4:15pm session. Each session will include a welcome by the Principal, followed by student led tours of the College, concluding with light refreshments and a chance to chat with some of our teaching staff and admissions team. Bookings can be made at:

School Term Dates 2020

Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

Free Dress Day in celebration of St Columba's Feast Day - Fri 12 June