St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 5 | 3 MARCH 2022

Big picture

Father in Heaven, as we begin our Lenten journey,

Help us understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection,

and teach us to reflect in our lives.

Send your Spirit of Love to help and inspire us to know your ways, for they are always love and truth to those who keep your covenant. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, 46 days before Easter. This week the children celebrated Shrove Tuesday; Kindy to Year 5 celebrated Ash Wednesday with a year level liturgy in their class rooms, while Year 6 attended mass at the Church.


Masks for Years 3 to 6

I would like to thank everyone for their support in implementing the necessary Covid protocols that have been put in place to protect our students. This was particularly evident with the Year 3 to 6 students wearing masks to school for the first time; the 100 per cent take-up has made this a smooth transition.


Kiss and Drive - no parking on Forest St

The Kiss and Drive is still an issue - please ensure you follow the necessary protocols. Do not park on Forest St and wait to enter the Kiss and Drive, as this is a no parking area and it holds up traffic. This causes issues when cars try and pull out to go around to enter the Kiss and Drive. There have been instances where cars have turned into the Kiss and Drive across traffic and very nearly causing accidents.


I would ask that families show some patience and courtesy when using Kiss and Drive and I thank those who are following the protocols correctly. I have asked the Ranger and Police to patrol the area to try and prevent any further incidents. Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated.


Long weekend - school closed on Monday

Enjoy the long weekend break (please remember it is a public holiday on Monday). We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday.


God Bless

Allen McMahon

Principal

Big picture

Merit award winners

The next merit awards will be in Week 8.

Communication Minister's Report - Coding

Year 6W has been going to coding for the past five weeks. We have learned to pair led lights to a Microbit and do cool stuff. We have coded the Microbit to create rainbow lights, displays and lots more. The experience has been great.

By Eamon D

Parent Teacher Interviews

Please be advised that Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place in Weeks 8 & 9 this term.


Interviews will be 10 minutes in duration and take place over the phone.


An online booking system will be set up for parents to utilise to book their interviews.


Information regarding the booking system will be shared with parents next week.

Sacramental Program 2022 - forms due Friday, 11 March

At this stage of the year the Sacramental Program for 2022 will continue for those students involved in Years 3, 4 and 6.


Please note the Sacraments are Parish-based and not school-based and decisions surrounding the Sacraments are made by the Parish Priest in consultation with the school.


Attendance at either of the St Columba’s Parish Sacramental Enrolment Masses are compulsory for all students who wish to receive the Sacraments this year.


In 2022, two Sacramental Enrolment Masses will be offered – Saturday 12th March at 6pm or Sunday 13th March at 9:30am.


One parent and student candidates are asked to attend either Enrolment Mass. Appropriate social distancing measures will be in place.


The Sacramental Enrolment form below will be sent home as a hard copy this week with your child. These are due back to the classroom teacher by Friday 11 March.


Please also see below the St Columba’s Parish Sacramental Overview for 2022, including key dates and events.

Project Compassion

Spanning across the 6 weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion brings thousands of Australian schools, parishes and supporters together to raise funds for people living in some of the most vulnerable communities across the world.


Caritas Project Compassion boxes have been distributed to classrooms in PP-Y6.

Students are encouraged to collect any amount of money for this important cause and bring back their Project Compassion boxes with the collected money by the end of Term 1 – Friday 8 April, 2022.


This year there will be no money counted at school. Instead, teachers are asked to send all returned Caritas boxes to the front office where they will be collated and the money sent to Caritas Australia.


There is much to pray for this Lent, and we hope our support will contribute to changing the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Further information can be found at https://www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion/

CEWA Child Safe Framework

This framework of 9 elements combine to support a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices.


Please click on the link below for a video introduction to the framework

School Fees

School Fees have been emailed to all Parents and Carers.

If you have not received your school fees, please email finance@stcolumbassp.wa.edu.au

Big picture
Big picture

National Ride2School Day - Friday, 25 March

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel and one of the best days on the school calendar. It is a day full of fun and colour where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

Canteen - help urgently required on the following dates

16 March - Wednesday

17 March - Thursday

23 March - Wednesday

24 March - Thursday

25 March - Friday

30 March - Wednesday

31 March - Thursday

6 April - Wednesday

7 April - Thursday

Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • All orders now online: Quickcliq https://quickcliq.com.au/
  • No Cash - icy poles, ice creams and small treats need to be ordered online.


Volunteers required for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Please email the office with suitable dates and days.

admin@stcolumbassp.wa.edu.au


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

Big picture

Big Art Competition for all Camp Australia Families

Click on the link below to enter

Big picture

Parish News

Big picture

P&F News

Happy Week 5 everyone. It sure feels like this term is flying by.

Thank you all to those that came to our first P&F meeting for 2022. There was a huge turnout with lots of discussion. The minutes of this meeting will be published following our next meeting which will be held on Tuesday 29th March.


Your year group reps will be reaching out over the next couple of weeks to gather fundraising ideas off you. If there is something in particular you really care about and you would like to see the P&F raise money for, please reach out to myself, the executive or your class representative.


We have a new position for 2022 that is vacant and we are looking to fill it. We are after a Council Liaison Officer that will represent the school P&F in all relevant council related matters. If you are interested in putting your hand up for this role, please let me know.


Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Book Club

Issue 2 - Due Wed 9 March


Issue 1 orders have not arrived, although they are in transit.


Cash payments are no longer accepted


Payments can be made by credit card - Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the LOOP app


Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order.


You do not need to complete the order form.

Big picture
Big picture

Curtin University Hockey Club - Saturday Hockey Programs

Click the link below

Quick Stix After School Lacrosse

Please click the link below

Shape the Coode Street Foreshore

Click on the link below to complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 voucher
Big picture

School Term Dates

Term 1: Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April 2022

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September 2022

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 26 April and Friday, 3 June 2022

Term 3: Monday, 18 July and Friday, 19 August 2022

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Saturday, 12 March at 6pm

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am