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

Our school term is almost over. This week families will have access to reports and there has been information sent home regarding accessing them. If you are unsure, please contact the admin staff. We have had a great term and the students are to be commended on the way they have participated in the many school events and the work they have completed in classrooms. I am sure that this will be recognised in the student’s reports.

I would like to thank the P&F for taking on the Manna Food Programme project. It is a great way to help local families who are in need. I am sure that the food items will be well received.

Many thanks to the School Board and the P&F for providing funds to place an automated school bell, and a PA system into all of the classrooms. The office will have access to classrooms for announcements at all times. It also provides the school with a great evacuation and lockdown warning system.

A reminder to families that parking protocols are to be followed when it comes to parking, to ensure the safety of our students. The Kiss and Drive is in operation for all Kindergarten to Year 6 students. Families are not to park in the Church car park as this is for staff and Parish users only. Families please note that you will need to adhere to the school parking policy and the street verge signage. Parking is not permitted in ‘no standing or parking‘ zones and that cars that do not follow the street and verge signage face a possible fine from the Ranger. The City of South Perth have organised ‘No Parking’ signs along the school side of Forrest Street. Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday July 5. Term 3 will commence on Tuesday July 23. Monday July 22 is a pupil free day.

Have a great break.

God Bless

Allen McMahon


What a Term!

Important Dates

Friday 5 July

  • Year 1B Assembly at 8:50am
  • 'Footy Colours' for Gold Coin Donation - LifeLink
  • Last Day of Term 2, 2019

Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July

  • NAIDOC Week - Voice Treaty Truth

Monday 22 July

  • Pupil Free Day - No school for students.

Tuesday 23 July

  • First Day of Term 3 for Students

NAIDOC Week - 7 July to 14 July 2019

The National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2019 is officially held from 7 July to 14 July. The theme this year is 'Voice Treaty Truth - Let's Work Together'. NAIDOC Week is a time for Aboriginal people to come together in different ways to connect to culture and country.

Article from Australian Catholics - please follow this link - Naidoc Week.

Footy Colours Dress Tomorrow - Gold Coin Donation for LifeLink

Remember to wear ‘footy colours’ tomorrow for a gold coin donation 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.

Second Place at Regional Academic Extension Day

Eight students representing St Columba’s at the Regional Academic Extension Day did an amazing job, achieving an extremely close second place! Teams were set a series of challenges in Language, Coding, Science, Engineering, Arts, Drama, Numeracy and Trivia. We are very proud of their efforts - well done!

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Speak with Confidence

Following the St Columba's Speak with Confidence competition at school, judged by Mrs McDonald and Mr P, Zoelene and Madeleine were chosen to represent our school at the Speak with Confidence competition at the South Perth Civic Centre. On 1 July Madeline competed in the first session with her speech entitled ‘Younger Siblings’ while Zoelene participated in the second session. Zoelene’s speech was entitled ‘The Legendary Stan Lee’.

We really enjoyed the experience. It was great honour and opportunity to represent our school.

Zoelene and Madeleine

Year 6

Launchpad Gymnastics

Launchpad Gymnastics is another fantastic Physical Education opportunity at St Columba’s. Run by Gymnastic Australia, LaunchPad teaches Pre-Primary to Year 3 children the fundamental movement skills they need to lead an active and healthy life full of sport and recreation. Thank you to our PE teachers Leigh Chatt and Erin Shaylor for securing these excellent funding opportunities for the school!

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Thank you to our choir students who gave a fabulous concert at the end of our Singfest day.

St Columba's were the hosts this year as Holy Spirit joined us at our school for a day of singing and fun. We had a super rehearsal in the morning, shared a lovely morning tea supplied from Holy Spirit Primary and lunch provided by St Columba's. The students were full of energy and enjoyed recess and and lunch with new friends to play with.

Thank you to Maria in the canteen for cooking our sausages for lunch, and to Mrs Wakamatsu for playing the piano so well for us.

Edith and Celeste: I liked the morning tea Holy Spirit provided and the hot dog for lunch.

Gabriella and Kara: We liked the song 'Do Re Me', 'Shoshone' love song and 'Hashevenu' that we sang together with the Holy Spirit Choir. We also enjoyed the food and the extra playtime with new friends.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

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Performing Arts Festival

Next term all students from Year's 1 to 6 will have a class performance at the Performing Arts Festival. Family and friends are welcome to attend for a small fee which covers administration costs for the festival committee. Please find details for performance times and venues on the attached timetable.

All solo and duet information went home last Friday. A reminder that it is the parents responsibility to take soloist and duets to their performance.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Artist of the Week

Maggie from Year 3 is the Artist of the Week! She was chosen for her Lego Minifigure Self Portrait. Maggie’s favourite thing about her work is that it looks like her and has a rainbow background. She loves doing art because she likes feeling inspired and having a finished piece of work at the end. Maggie’s favourite colour is purple and she enjoys using paint, crayons and coloured pencils (if they’re sharp!)

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Waste Wise Incursion

Last Wednesday the Year 6 and Year 3B classes attended a Waste Wise Incursion. A person named Daniel came into the Year 6 classroom to talk about waste and what it is doing to the earth. Daniel came from a company that deals with and informs people about waste and what we can do to reduce it.

First, he talked to us about waste and what it’s doing to our planet. The classes then put some gloves on and emptied a bin full of waste onto a tarp. They sorted it into different labelled buckets. The Yr 6s and Yr 3Bs figured out what they can recycle and what they can’t. It was also really interesting to see what people did throw out.

After the classes had finished sorting through the rubbish, they counted it and weighed it. Then they washed their gloves and cleaned up. Overall, it was a very informative experience.

Charlotte and Guinevere

Year 6

Waste Wise Tips

Australian Filmmaker, Damon Gameau (who brought us That Sugar Film), has released his film dedicated to his daughter who will be 21 years old in the year 2040. The film reveals the cost of industrialisation to our beautiful planet and what it will look like for our children. It is not all doom and gloom: the story focuses on the solutions to the problems they will face. Check it out in cinemas over the holidays.

REMEMBER: Plastic Free July

We have reduced toxic landfill by recycling over 10 kilograms of batteries. Our school has collected 554 bread tags to go to Bread Tags for Wheelchairs charity. Go to their website to see what differences they make from the recycling that you do.

Kindy 2020 and 2021 - Inviting 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

Canteen - Last Opportunity - Wellness Week Recipes

Last day for a try of the winning Wellness Week recipes from the canteen.

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

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

Scholastic Book Club

Thank you to all our families for supporting our school with orders placed through Scholastic Book Club. This semester the school received $983.50 worth of new books into the library for our students to enjoy reading.

Thank You to our P&F for Specialist Learning Area Funds


Mrs Govorko would like to say a giant "Thank you!" to the P&F for the money to purchase a variety of benches and ottomans for the children to sit on during mat demonstrations and in our Art Reading Corner. We also were able to buy an amazing electric pencil sharpener, which is used to sharpen the hundreds of pencils the children use each day to create their artworks. Thank you!


Many thanks to our P&F for the donation for our Library. We have spent the money on a junior primary colourful book trolley. The children love to use the trolley to find a book. They flick through the books to find a favourite picture book, poetry book or non-fiction book to take home to read.

Physical Education

It is with great appreciation that we received $500 for equipment focused on developing the core strength of children at St Columbas. The equipment is used in PE classes to encourage children to roll, jump, crawl, climb and turn. The focus of using these pieces of equipment is on strength and agility. Stations are set up and teams of children rotate to each station to utilise the ladder, mats, planks, boxes and markers to build skills. The PE Department is extremely grateful for this generous donation.


Thank you so much to the P&F for providing money for new Science resources. New magleads, lightbulbs and other electricity resources have been purchased which will enable the Year 6 students to design more complex circuits. The Robotics class has also benefited with the purchase of a challenge mat which will be used in Semester Two. They're very much looking forward to it already.

Learning Support and Extension

Thank you to the P&F for the donation. The money has been spent very wisely. I purchased a number of items that will assist our students. 3 Howda Hug seats, 2 mesh balls, vibrating cushion and weighted blanket. These items will be shared out to different classes when there is a need in the classroom. Again, I thank you for the donation and I am happy to be able to use the money to further support our students.

Parents and Friends

The P&F would like to thank you all for your support this term. It has been a busy time with the Mothers day breakfast, raffle and stall, St Columba's Day, Honey drive, Earn and learn stickers and the Manna Food Relief. Thank you for your generosity to the Manna Relief. It was very heart warming to be able to give and not only receive.

The P&F donated the money raised from the term car park raffle, mother's day stall and the mother's day raffles to the Art room. Mrs Gorvoko has been able to purchase supplies that the children are having fun creating with. I thank you all.

We have started on the plans for our big fundraiser for this year, the Retro Music Bingo, Friday 13 September. A lot of work ahead! If anyone has a business and would like to donate prizes etc we would greatly appreciate your generosity. I thank all the reps for coming to the meetings and I encourage you all just to come and put forward your ideas. Stay tuned for more bingo details and more fun next term.

P&f morning exercise will start again Monday 29th July second week back. I hope the children that have been coming are enjoying the fresh air and exercise before going into class. Everyone is welcome 8.25am to 8.40am Monday, Wednesday and Friday's.

For your calendar - the next P&F Meeting is Tuesday 30 July at 7pm.

Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to a fun third term.

Lara Tulett

P&F President

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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

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

So much for some normality returning after the bye rounds! Some major upsets over the round and none more so than Carlton beating the Dockers. It will be great to see the children in footy colours tomorrow as excitement builds for the Western Derby.

Round 15 Results

Bridie and Carlos– Bridie C with 6 correct tips and margin of 27 points.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 87

2. R-K-S Rob B - 82

3. Scarymans - Mark S - 82

4. Ruparob – Rupa P - 82

5. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 82

6. The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D - 81

7. Binns Clan – David B - 81

8. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 81

9. Goal Sneak - Todd D - 81

10. Kennedy17- Christian P - 80

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Community Notices

Juniors Touch Football Program

Monday nights commencing on 22 July 2019. The SDTA juniors program is suitable for boys and girls aged between 5 and 15 years and all abilities. Further information 0412987461, email or website.

Get Active Sports - Basketball for Juniors

Term 3 program commencing Saturday 3 August. Programs focus on improving coordination and motor skills. For more information call 1300772106, email or the website.

City of South Perth - NAIDOC Week 7 to 14 July

The City will mark NAIDOC Week by partnering with community organisations and local Aboriginal community members to host a series of free events. To find out more or to register for the NAIDOC Week events visit the Discovery section on the City's website.

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