St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are fast approaching the end of Term 3. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy.

Next week I have my Principal’s Review on Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday we will have our school Audit where we are audited on a number of standards from curriculum, child safety, through to school maintenance. From this audit St Columba’s then retains its registration as a Catholic Primary School. I would like to thank staff and Mr Yock in particular for all of the work involved in preparing for the Audit.

I will be attending the annual Catholic Primary Principal’s Conference in the last week of this term and Mr Yock will be in charge during my absence.

Several students attended the regional Spelling Bee earlier this week and were wonderful representatives for our school. We congratulate Michael M. for placing first in the Year 6 competition, while in Year 4 Giorgio H. came first and Francesca R. placed second. Well done on their fantastic efforts and many thanks to Mr Yock for organising.

A reminder to families that if they are using the play equipment after school that the school staff do not supervise these areas outside of direct school hours (8:30am -3:05pm). The duty of care rests with family and students; without a responsible adult with them, children are not able to play on the equipment.

Once again, I need to remind some families that they need 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. Please abide by the ‘No Parking’ signs along the school side of Forrest St. Your help in this matter is very much appreciated.

We have our Athletics Carnival next week and we will keep our fingers crossed that the weather holds out for us. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Chatt for the preparation and organisation of the carnival. I am quite sure that it will be a fantastic day.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Wednesday, 21 September and resume school in Term 4 on Tuesday, 11 October. There is a pupil free day on Monday, 10 October.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Monday, 12 September - Performing Arts Festival Final Concert

Tuesday, 13 September - Korean Day

Friday, 16 September - Athletics Carnival 9am -1pm (PP-Y6)

Monday, 19 September - Boola Bardip Museum Excursion - Year 4

Tuesday, 20 September - Year 1 Excursion

Wednesday, 21 September - Whole School Colour Run

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Open Night

Tonight is the annual Open Night event for 2022, Thursday 8 September from 5:30-7:00 pm.

What you need to know:

  • 5:30-7:00pm Classrooms Open
  • Student work will be on display around the classrooms.
  • Limits of 12-15 parents at any one time apply to all PP-Year 6 classrooms.
  • The Pre Kindy classroom can hold a maximum of 8 parents at a time and the Kindy space can house 30.
  • The Robotics Teams will showcase their amazing performances from the Robo Cup competition in Kalyara Mia and the Library. The Dance performances begin from 6:15pm.
  • The Library will be used to house the LEAP displays, with activities available for parents and students.
  • Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area) will showcase the Art Exhibition. You do not want to miss this!

Dinner is sorted with food trucks in the Drive Through: Base Woodfired Pizzas, Opa Opa Greek Cuisine and Ruby on Wheels Coffee Van.

Students are encouraged to stamp their checklist as they move around the school. Don’t forget to take a #selfie!

Please remember that this event is not an appropriate time for a private meeting regarding your child’s progress. Should you need to discuss an important issue please make a time to meet with your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your support of this great community-building initiative.

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St Columba's School Photos

We wish to advise that School Photos will take place in the first week back next term.

Ordering envelopes will be released by the school as soon as they arrive from Photo Hendriks.

The DRAFT Photo Schedule is below. Please note that changes may be made by the school or photographers as needed.

Family Photos will take place on Tuesday, 11 October. Parents are able to bring their children into school from 8:15am to have their Family Photo taken in the Library on this day.

Please see the example below of the options available for parents to order. These will be visible on the ordering envelopes when they are distributed later this term.

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St Columba's Field Day Carnival

Last Thursday students from Year 3 to 6 attended the St Columba’s Field Carnival. The students represented their faction competing in Turbo Jav, Long Jump, Shot Put, and selected students also competed in an additional 200 and 400m race.

The students displayed wonderful sportsmanship, cheering their faction and competitors on. At the end of the carnival Casey is ahead on points that count towards the school athletics carnival.

Congratulations to all the students that finished 1st to 4th in each event receiving ribbons for their achievement.

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Congratulations to our swimmer!

Year 6 student, Chayse, is chasing his dreams, competing in the Australian School Sport Championships. He represented WA in six events and ranked in the top four to 14 swimmers in the country for his age group, with several personal bests. More recently, he competed a the WA Short Course swimming championships on the weekend and he had a few successes again, receiving three State medals for the following events:

  • 50 meter Freestyle- Bronze
  • 50 meter Butterfly- Bronze
  • 100m Freestyle- Silver
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Students not returning in 2023 - complete the form (Pre-Kindy to Year 5)

To assist us with planning for next year, please complete the form below if your child is not returning to St Columba’s next year (if you haven’t already done so). Families are obliged to provide at least one term’s notice in writing of their intention to remove a child from the school, otherwise a full term’s fees may be charged.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

Happy Thursday!

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and are staying well.

Wow - The Fathers Day events last Wednesday and Friday were fantastic. What a wonderful celebration had by all the fathers and father figures. Lots of smiling faces and awesome superhero outfits. A massive thank you must go to Marianne Hale, Lizanne Sivapalan and all the other PP families for making this such a huge success.

Exciting news on the St Columba's Community Garden Front. Our fencing contractor has been engaged, so work will commence shortly on installing a new fence and getting stuck into the ground works ready for the garden. If you have any expertise or passion in this space, please let me know.

Speaking of new installations. Something is coming! The library wall as you see it today, is soon to be transformed. Watch this space :)

Have a lovely week and stay healthy everyone.


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Only 3 weeks to go until the Colour Run! Have you signed up yet?

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Congratulations to this weeks fundraising winner of Columbyrun PPG! Who came from behind yesterday to steal the win from PPW! Well Done to both Pre-Primary classes on an amazing fundraising week.

The countdown is on! Less than two weeks to go!

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Camp Out

Hello St Columba’s Families,

Calling all Dad's and Father figures, Camp Out is rapidly approaching and the success of Camp Out’s is the awesome support and contribution of many.

We are in need of volunteers and if you are planning on coming and keen to lend a helping hand, please connect with Neilsen De Souza (0417914446), Mel Nasso (0419924216) or Todd Dawson (0447730656).

Dad's already connected through the Dad's of St Columba’s WhatsApp group, we will be in touch shortly too.


Todd, Neilsen and Mel

2023 Josephite Calendar

Please click on the link below to order the 2023 Josephite Calendars.

All proceeds from the calendars help support those needs experienced by families in need, education, health, and many other areas.

Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

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Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at

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School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022

Pupil Free Dates

Term 3: Thursday, 22 September and Friday, 23 September (Catholic Day)

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am