St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 8 | 3 DECEMBER 2020

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A prayer for Advent

My little Lord Jesus, I love You and thank You for this Advent season. Please help me to understand all that You have done for me. Your loving mother held You in her heart and brought You into this world. Help me to do the same. My loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent, as my King and my God. Draw me close to You and help me to see my sins so that I can change the things that You want me to change. Mother Mary, pray for me this Advent so that I may do all that God wants me to do. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you. Please pray for me that I may do the same. Come, Lord Jesus,Come, Lord Jesus,Come, Lord Jesus, come! I love You, Jesus.

Amen.

Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


Our school year has rapidly come to an end. It has been a very busy term and we are now down to the last week. Next week staffing will be advised and class lists for 2021 will be sent home the week after. Mrs Rebecca Clarke will be the Acting Principal for 2021 due to my secondment to the Regional Officers Position in Geraldton in 2021. I am sure everyone will make Mrs Clarke feel most welcome.


Congratulations to our Year 6 and Year 3 students who made their Confirmation on Friday night and First Eucharist on Sunday. It was a pleasure to see the students so well prepared. Many thanks to Miss Bechelli, Mr Popadynec and Miss Purvis for organising the children. A special thank you goes to Mrs McDonald for playing the music and leading the singing.


Congratulations to our Year 6 students who participated in their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday night. I would like to thank Mr Popadynec for his work in having the students ready for the night. All the best to our Year 6 students as they move to secondary school. I am sure they will settle smoothly into high school life. The parents from Year 5 and 6 who were involved in organising the setup of the undercover area, the food preparation and serving are to be congratulated on their wonderful efforts. It made the night a memorable celebration.


Sincere congratulations also go to the Year 6 Award Winners who were announced at the Graduation Ceremony.


  • Mary MacKillop Christian Leadership Award - Celeste
  • 2020 DUX - Edith
  • City Of South Perth Citizenship Award - Xavier
  • Korean Award - Edith
  • Science Awards - Lachlan and Hunter
  • Physical Education Award - Connor
  • Art Awards - Kara
  • Music Award - Matilda P
  • Leadership Award - Gabriella


Thank you Mr John McGrath (MLA), Kate Doust (MLA), The City of South Perth, Woodside and Scitech for their support of these awards.


Reports are now available online. If you have any questions please see contact the office to make an appointment with the class teacher. We do not expect many parents to request an interview as teachers would have contacted you if they had any concerns regarding your child during the course of the semester.


I wish to advise families that double stream classes have been shuffled in preparation for the start of the 2021school year. The teachers looked at a number of criteria in determining the split, including friendships, academic, social, friendship and gender. The school will look at family requests however, the decision as to which student goes into which class rests with school.


A reminder that under no circumstances should students be dropped off at school without a parent being present prior to 8:30 in the morning. If your child needs to be dropped off prior to 8:30 families have access to Camp Australia Out of School Care.


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 'no parking zones' along Forrest St and cars that do not follow the street and verge signage face a possible fine from the Ranger. Your help in this matter is be very much appreciated.


Please note, Term Four concludes for students on Friday December 11. School resumes for students, on Monday February 1, 2020.


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

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Artist of the week

The Artist of the Week is Xavier from Year 3, with his amazing candy cane artwork! His favourite thing about his piece is how he used lots of different techniques and the great shading. Xavier's favourite colour is black. When he is older he wants to be an artist and his favourite artist is Stormie Mills.

Library - message from Mrs Malarkey

This week is the last week for library lessons and my last teaching days at St Columba's. Next week we will be sorting out the library for the following year. Special thanks to Mrs Shaw for her hard work, constant support, and wonderful friendship over the years.

I would like to thank you all for your support during our many celebrations, Book Week, Harmony Days and NAIDOC Week and most importantly a love of books and reading. I have loved being a Teacher Librarian at this School and thank you for the privilege of teaching your children.


Best wishes,

Mrs.Sandra Malarkey

Library - All outstanding books now due

All library books are now due back at the Library.

Santa Mail next week

Next week Year 5 will be delivering Santa Mail. Please remember to post your cards in the Christmas Tree box outside the library. Deliveries will be taking place every day after lunch.

Have you placed your uniform order?

Our uniform supplier, Nell Grey, is encouraging families to place uniform orders during Term 4 to avoid delays and long queues in January. Click on the link below to refer to the 2021 uniform requirements.
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P&F Fundraising: Entertainment Membership

Purchase an Entertainment Membership and save during the holidays! Plus, you will be helping to support our fundraiser. With every purchase we receive an extra $10 or $20 on top of the 20% we already receive. https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/8765s7
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International Day of People with Disability

Thursday 3rd December is the International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations Sanctioned Day It is aimed to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

This year's theme is " Building Back Better: toward a disability inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid 19 World." Stories of five West Australians with disability will be shared on the Disability WA Facebook Page to mark this day.

Canteen helpers roster

Week Commencing 7th December 2020


Wednesday - Kristy Wincey

Thursday - Alayna Fleming

Friday - Janelle Liwanag


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

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Parish News

Altar Serving Training – St Columba’s Church

Altar Serving is a very special role within our Parish community and a great way to participate more fully in the Mass. It involves an obligation of altar serving at Mass once a month.

A training session will be conducted on Sunday 6th December at 3:00pm in the Parish Centre.

This session is for any children who have made their First Holy Eucharist and are interested in Altar Serving at St Columba's Parish. Please contact Jenny Collins (0418 944 835) for more information or to confirm attendance.

School Banking - last day tomorrow

Please note tomorrow is the last day for school banking for 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back to banking in 2021.

Finalist for Soklich & Co. Student Jewellery Design Competition

Vote for our finalist Dinuli K - Class 2 G


Soklich & Co. had a great response from many talented children submitting some amazing entries into the competition, which made it very difficult to decide the finalists. Soklich & Co are delighted to showcase the six student finalist drawings. These designs are now open for voting and professional designs are currently been sketched. To vote for your favourite design visit the store on Angelo Street or comment on the post on Facebook. Voting ends Sunday 13 December 2020.

Bricks 4 Kidz

My name is Rachel from BRICKS 4 KIDZ®. This Summer School Holidays we are running Workshops with LEGO® and Coding with Robotics. Our holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 -12. We have many themes to inspire creativity and fun.


Online enrolment is at the following link:

https://www.bricks4kidz.com.au/perth-gosnells/program-events/school-holiday-workshops-activities-lego-bricks/


Our Summer School Holiday Workshops are located at the following locations:

  • BRICKS 4 KIDZ City West @ West Perth
  • Providence Christian College @ Southern River


Thank-you. If you have questions, please contact us.

Best Regards,

Rachel Koo & The Bricks 4 Kidz Team

Collier Park Golf Course

Free "Come N Try" golf classes at Collier Park Golf Course on Saturday 5th December and Saturday 12th December from 1pm to 1:45pm All students are welcome and equipment is supplied. Students must register via the link below:

https://www.golf.org.au/mygolf/facility/Collier+Park+Golf+Course

Mercedes College

INTERVIEWS FOR ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7 2024 are being conducted early next year for any students wishing to attend Mercedes College. If you have forgotten to enrol your daughter, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 or email jlamb@mercedes.wa.edu.au. An applicable form may be downloaded from the College website. If you are still interested in ENROLMENTS FOR 2021 we have limited places available, please submit your application form as soon as possible.

School Term Dates 2020

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

Kindy W Nativity Play - Friday, 4 December.

Final Assembly, Friday, 4 December.

Carols Evening - Friday, 4 December.

Thanksgiving Mass - Thursday, 10 December at 9am.

Term 4 Concludes for Students - Friday, 11 December.