St. Columba's Primary School


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You are Our Father, you live in heaven
We talk to you, Father you are good
We believe your Word Father
We your children, give us bread today
We have done wrong, we are sorry
Help us Father not to sin again
Others have done wrong to us
And we are sorry for them, Father today
Stop us from doing wrong, Father
Save us all from the evil one
You are Our Father, you live in heaven
We talk to you, Father you are good.

From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

The weather has certainly turned it on this week, and I am sure everyone is enjoying the sunshine and small reprieve from the wind and rain!

Firstly, can I begin with a very big congratulations to Mr Leigh Chatt and the Year 5 and 6 Robocup teams on a wonderful achievement at the annual Robocup Challenge. The Robocup Challenge was on Friday and Saturday with the students competing against 70 other schools. Well done to our girls’ team as they took out second place overall! Thank you to Mr Chatt for facilitating this fantastic event for our students.

The Catholic Performing Arts is a major festival that the school participates in throughout Term 3. Classes perform at various venues across Perth against other CEWA schools. The Year 1’s started off the festival and impressed the judges with a piece in Christian Dance. The Year 2 students performed in the Choral Speech section and received wonderful comments from the judges. Thank you to Mrs Louise McDonald and classroom teachers for the time and effort that has gone into preparing the students for this event. Also, to our parents for their assistance with costumes.

On Tuesday I was greeted by a sea of fleecy pyjamas and oodies as all staff and students came to school dressed in their pyjamas to fundraise for LifeLink. The day started off with a lovely whole school assembly recognising the various LifeLink Agencies that the Perth Archdiocese supports. I am thrilled to say that we rasied a further $438, bringing the total to $1500 to be donated to LifeLink. Everyone should be very proud of the efforts that have been put into this fundraising event.

A reminder to parents that Kiss and Drive closes at 8:55am and that the side gate is locked at 9am. Please do not come through Kiss and Drive after this time and leave your child to walk in unassisted. Any student that arrives at school after 9am needs to come through the front office and sign in via the SEQTA Kiosk.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Solemnity of Mary of the Cross MacKillop

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Mary MacKillop died on the 8th of August 1909 in North Sydney where her tomb can be visited today.

She was a wonderful woman who gave her life to God and to people in need and was declared Australia’s first Saint on the 17th of October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Next Thursday the 12th August we will be celebrating this occasion by having a Mass at the Church at 9am.

Merit award winners - Friday, 13 August

Year 1G - Caroline, Jeremy

Year 1W - Leonardo, Eliana, Cooper

Year 2G - Kate, Kieran

Year 2W - Olivia, Zara O, Lucas M

Year 3G - Lennox, Orlando, Brooke

Year 3W - Hannah, Xavier

Year 4G - Keira, Sofia

Year 4W - Paris, Xavier E

Year 5G - Matthew, Nanditha

Year 5W - Lillyann, Lucas

Year 6 - Larston, Lola

Important dates

Friday, 6 August - AMC (Australian Maths Competition) Registered Students Years 3-6 at 9am

Saturday, 7 August - P&F Retro Bingo

Tuesday, 10 August - CAPSS MHL Carnival - Years 5 & 6

Wednesday, 11 August - Performing Arts continues

Wednesday, 11 August - School Advisory Council Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, 11 August - Year 1 Excursion

Thursday, 12 August - Solemnity of Blessed Virgin Mary Mass at 9am

Friday, 13 August - Year 3G Assembly

Monday, 16 August - Science Week begins

Monday, 16 August - Performing Arts continues

Friday, 20 August - Pupil Free Day - No school

Monday, 23 August - Book Week Assembly

Term's notice for withdrawals - Pre-Kindy to Year 5

To assist us with planning for next year, please advise the office 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. For children leaving the school, please indicate which school they will be attending next year.

Catholic Performing Arts

Visit the Catholic Arts Website and book tickets via Trybooking.

Robocup 2021

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Book Week

Book Parade

The book parade will be held on Monday, 23 August at 9am in Kalyara Mia. Students and staff may dress in the yearly theme or as a book character of choice. This is not a competition but an opportunity for a bit of fun and for all to be involved.

Library Roster - Week commencing 9 August

Monday - Sheridan Andrews

Wednesday - Mary Donovan

Student Banking

We need volunteers for student banking on a Friday morning's before school.

Even if your availability is only once a term, it would be a great help.

Please contact Michelle Weldon

0439 639 068

Canteen - Week commencing 11 August

Wednesday - seeking helpers

Thursday - Carol Farson

Friday - Nicole Baroni

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via email.

Canteen Term 3 Menu

When ordering "Family Meals" through Quickcliq, please place your order one week in advance!
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Retro Bingo


Format for the evening; one major raffle, three major games with prizes and smaller games and prizes throughout the evening.


The raffle will now be held on the night only. All tickets must be purchased on the night and it will be drawn at the end of the evening. If you are not attending but you would like a ticket, find a friend and give them your money and they can buy it on your behalf on the night.

1st Prize

  • $1500 Crown Voucher

Experience all crown has to offer from luxurious hotel accommodation, the ultimate in spa pampering and fine dining experiences in Perth

  • Donated by The St Columba's Catholic Primary School P&F

2nd Prize

  • $240 Perth Racing Voucher,

Four Course plated luncheon for two at the Flying Colours Restaurant at Ascot Racecourse, racecourse admission and access to the members floor.

  • Generously donated By Brad and Caroline Rawiller from 1W

3rd Prize

  • Ferngrove Cossack Riesling 2015 Magnum. Valued at $70
  • Generously donated by Dane Smith Como Liquor Store

Tickets: $15 each

FUN and Games

We have three fabulous prizes available to be won throughout the evening. We will be conducting some games that you will have the option to buy into!


  • Apple Ipad mini valued at $600

Generously donated by Fab Forneris from The Agency

  • Watkins Swim Voucher valued at $300

Generously donated by Watkins Swim School

  • Cocos Voucher valued at $250

Generously donated by Melanie Quadro from Porter Matthews

Please bring along some gold coins and small notes to join in the fun and have the chance of walking away with a fabulous prize!

So much fun to be had.....Now someone just keep Mark McGowan away from the press conferences PLEASE!

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Christmas Fair News

Fair News

This week I'd like to share a really exciting partnership that we have made with Kensington Secondary School. Kensington Secondary is a local education support school that caters for children with moderate to severe disabilities. Their amazing students and super enthusiastic teachers make dog biscuits that they package and sell. All proceeds from the sales are donated to Guide Dogs Australia. We have extended them an invitation to join us in our market space, and they are now excitedly prepping for the event!

In addition to this, they have a horticultural department that are potting up plants in their lessons. They will work alongside our families to put on a fabulous plant stall.

One of our major goals for this fair is to really engage with the wider South Perth community and this partnership with Kensington Secondary is a very special part of that community engagement.


Same as last week... so couldn't be easier!

Books and Toys

Who doesn’t love a good clear out?
We are looking for good condition second hand books, toys and games. The P&F plastic tubs will be placed in each classroom so please have a look around your home and donate what you can. We will be collecting them all this term.

Calling all green thumbs!
We will be having a plant sale at the fair. Get the kids out in the garden and pot up some plants now so they are rooted and ready to sell by November. I ask for every family in the school to donate at least one plant.

Have a lovely weekend all.... See you at the retro Bingo night!

Brooke Pink

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

Three rounds to go tipsters and the competition is still very much up for grabs!

Round 20 Winner

Lorraine Jenaway (LorJen) scoring 6 and a 31 point margin – could a strategy be in play here Lorraine for a late charge to the top with some roughie tips coming good? Is playing it safe the best bet with three rounds to go to for our current leading tipsters?

Current Leader Board

102 points - David B (Binns Clan)

101 points - Todd D (Goal Sneak)

101 points - Ben B (BenBristow18)

97 points - Paul I (Iuliano Family)

95 points - Brendon O (Oggace)

95 points - Scarlett H (The Hill Family)

95 points - Roger L (Aflawton)

95 points - Mark S (Scarymans)

Round 21 starts Friday night with Geelong playing Greater Western Sydney.

Keep safe and well and happy tipping.

Todd Dawson

Sr Maree

The Feast Day of Mary MacKillop is this coming Sunday.

Here are some fantastic reflections on how Mary lived and trusted God in so many ways. She shows us to be courageous, trust in God, to forgive and most of all love God and others on our journey. May Mary MacKillop continue to inspire you and your school community.

“Be calm and full of hope” MM

Sister Maree Riddler rsj

Message from Kensington Police Station

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Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and 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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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 11 August at 7pm

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 3: Friday, 20 August

Term 4: Monday, 11 October