St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our second week back this term is just as busy as last week. Students have been very busy with school photos, swim trials and our Year 6 students are enjoying their time on the Fairbridge Farm school camp near Pinjarra.

A reminder to families that students should not be on the school grounds prior to 8:30am. St Columba’s provides supervision only from 8:30am until the bell goes at 8:50am. On entering the school grounds during the day, all visitors are required to sign in at the front office. If students are going to play on the playground equipment after school, it is a requirement that a parent must be there to supervise. The school staff do not supervise the play equipment before or after school. If students are unsupervised on the equipment they will be asked to leave the area.

I am also advising families that the before and after school events that involve third party providers, that the school is not responsible for supervision or making sure that students are collected by parents or carers. The responsibility lies with the provider and the family to make sure that children’s behaviour is appropriate while participating and that that they are collected on time and or are required to walk home.

The P&F Annual Community Meeting (ACM) will be held on Tuesday, 8 November at 6:00pm in the school undercover area.

Due to CEWA becoming incorporated, there will be some changes to the P&F from next year. The P&F Committee should be comprised of four plus the Principal or their delegate. The Principal of the school shall be an ex-officio member of the P&F committee but may not be elected as an office bearer. The P&F Committee must consist of the following office bearers: (a) Chair; (b) Deputy Chair; (c) Secretary; and (d) Treasurer and P&F Committee members are appointed to the role for two years. P&F Committee members can serve no more than six consecutive years (three terms) in that role. If you are interested in taking on the role please complete the attached proforma and return to the school office marked Confidential to the Principal by COB Friday, 4 November.

The School Advisory Council will be holding its ACM on Tuesday, 8 November at 6:30pm in the school undercover area.

There will not be any positions open for election, however, there will be a SAC and Principal’s Report presented. The 2023 school budget will be presented at the conclusion of the Reports.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


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Important dates

Friday 21 October - Year 6 Camp ends

Wednesday 26 October - Swimming Carnival - Y4-6

Wednesday 26 October - Grandparents Day - Kindy

Friday 28 October - Grandparents Day

Friday 28 October - World Teachers Day

Saturday 29 October - Dads and Kids' Camp Out

Tuesday 1 November - CAPSS Athletics Carnival - Y4-6

Library Roster

Monday, 24 October - Sheridan Andrews

Tuesday, 25 October - Mary Donovan

Monday, 31 October - Lara Tulett

Tuesday, 1 November - Nicole Baroni

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Grandparents Day Morning Tea – Friday, 28 October 2022

Grandparents Morning for Kindy is on Wednesday, 26 October from 8:30am-9:30am – separate from the remainder of the school.

We are looking forward to Grandparents Day for the rest of the school on Friday, 28 October. Students will be able to sit with their grandparents at the Mass/Liturgy.

A big thanks to our P&F who will be proving morning tea at 10 am. The morning tea is for grandparents only will be provided in Kalyara Mia.

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School Disco - Friday, 4 November

The P&F are proud to present this years school disco, UNDER THE SEA, taking place on Friday, 4 November 2022 (Week 4)

This year, we have split the disco into 3 sessions:

  1. Session 1 Kindy and Pre-Primary: 4:45 - 5:30pm - 1 parent/carer must attend to supervise their child
  2. Session 2 Years 1-3: 5:45 - 6:45pm - no parents/carers inside the disco area, children are required to be signed in on arrival and are unable to leave until parents signed out at the end)
  3. Session 3 Years 4-6: 7:00-8:30pm - no parents/carers inside the disco area, children are required to be signed in on arrival and are unable to leave until parents signed out at the end).

Please RSVP your child/ren's attendance by Friday, 28 October by clicking on the button above.

  • A separate RSVP is required for each child please to allow easy collation of the data.
  • There is no cost for this event.
  • We kindly ask you to include emergency contact details for the night on the form above.
  • There will be food trucks available on the night. Please note, this is strictly a no alcohol event.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your P&F rep if you have any questions.

Kidz in Sport - Term 4

The P&F will sponsor the Kidz in Sport sessions at lunchtime this term for students in Years 1-6.

Tuesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 4- 6

8 weeks starting Tuesday, 18 October

Wednesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 1-3

8 weeks starting Wednesday, 19 October

Sessions will take place on the bottom oval at lunchtime and cover a range of sports and skills.

Students are welcome to wear their sports uniform on their Kidz in Sports Day for the remainder of the term.

School Photos 2022

School Photos took place in Week 1. Please note that any late student photo orders can be placed and paid for online within 10 days of Photo Day. All School Photo orders placed with Photo Hendriks will be delivered to the school and sent home with students. Parents will be notified as soon as the school receives delivery of the photos.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

The P&F held their last official meeting for the year on Tuesday. Although it was our last meeting, there is still lots to be done.

We have a few exciting events coming up as you should all now be aware. We know there is a lot going on at the moment, and we appreciate how busy everyone is. A couple of these events were due to be held at the beginning of the year, but due to Covid, we had to reschedule. The alternative was to cancel.

Please get on board and support these fantastic initiatives. Grandparents Day, Dads of St Columba's Campout, School Disco and The Big "Friendraiser" - Night in White. The P&F reps have been working so hard to put all this together. The start of the year was tough, with not being allowed on school grounds and not being able to build that connection we all love in our school community. So now is your chance and we would like your support.

You may have seen the gorgeous mural being painted outside the library wall and the school community garden project fence erected next to the tennis courts. It is a result of your generosity that we are able to organise such wonderful initiatives such as these.

Have a wonderful week everyone. As usual, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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1 week to go until Camp Out 2022 - Saturday, 29 October

Excitement is in the air as the 2022 Dads of St Columba’s Camp Out is only weeks away – a great opportunity to spend time with the kids and meet other Dads at our school.

Registrations Open

A Family registration costs $30. Please register below, so we can ensure the appropriate dinner, breakfast and drinks provision. Registrations will close on Tuesday, 25 October.

Volunteers & Como Hotel Drinks

We have created a WhatsApp group to organise the Camp Out. If you are able to assist before, during or after the Camp Out, or would like to be added to the WhatsApp group, please let us know by contacting Todd Dawson (0447 439 656), Mel Naso (0419 924 216) or Neilsen De Souza (0417 914 446)

We will hold an “information session” for volunteers at the Como Hotel on Wednesday, 19 October @ 6.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

The 2022 Camp Out marks a transition point for a number of Dads with kids in Year 6 leaving St Columba’s. We would love to hear from Dad’s who will take the reins of “Dads of St Columba’s”, specifically the legend that is Camp Out in 2023 and years to come.

Whilst COVID has kept us quiet in recent times, previous years we have organised golf days, cricket in the park, drinks on the iconic Paddle Steamer Decoy and a session or two at the Como Hotel.

2022 presents as a great opportunity to partner with you to handover and set future years up for success.


Todd Dawson

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P&F Disco

This years school disco is Friday November 4th and the theme is under the sea. The disco is going to be split into three time slots:


4:45- 5:30 -Kindy and PP (Doors Open and 1 parent to attend and supervise child)

5:45-6:45 - Year 1-3 (no parents children to be signed in on arrival and are unable to leave until parent signs them out at the end)

7:00 - 8:30 - year 4-6 (as above)

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Book Club - Issue 7 - Due Wednesday 26 October

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit 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.

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School Term Dates

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am