St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to thank Mr Popadynec for making sure that the All Saints Day Mass ran very smoothly last Friday, as Mrs Komnick and I had to attend a meeting at CEWA and were not able to be there. Many thanks to the students and staff involved in Mission week this week. It has been a great success.

We will be celebrating Remembrance Day next Monday at 9:00am. Parents and Carers are most welcome to attend.

Reports will once again be available online from Wednesday 12 December. Information will be sent out to families closer to the date.

We wish Mrs Davis all the best as she has accepted a teaching position at Ursula Frayne for the 2020 school year.

The Carol’s Evening and P&F Sundowner will be held on Friday 6 December. It is a requirement that students from PrePrimary to Year 6 attend, as each class will be singing a carol. Kindy students are not required to attend. The carol singing for all classes should take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The evening will begin with the Choir singing from 5:45pm and the classes from 6:00pm.

I wish to advise families that double stream classes will be shuffled in preparation for the start of the 2020 school year. The teachers looked at a number of criteria in determining the split. This will include but is not limited to academic, social, friendship and gender. The decision as to which student goes into a particular class rests with school.

The School Board and P&F AGM's will be held next Monday evening at 7:00pm in the school undercover area. We have received six nominations for four positions for the School Board. At this stage we have only had one person nominate for the P&F position of President. We desperately need some parents to volunteer to take on the other Executive roles. The positions are not particularly onerous and require more coordination and delegation rather than hands on work.

The School Board would like to thank the students, staff members and parents who gave their time to meet and complete the School Board Survey in preparation for the development of the School Strategic Plan. The contribution, involvement and support of all members of the staff, students and parents is essential for the ownership and implementation of the Plan, and we thank everyone for this. The Strategic Plan has now been issued - you can download a copy via the link below.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 13 December 2019.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 8 November

  • Year 1O Assembly - 8:50am
  • MIssion Week Games Day

Monday 11 November

  • Remembrance Day Liturgy - 9am
  • Choir Singing at the Civic Centre
  • AGM's - School Board and P&F - 7pm

Tuesday 12 November

  • 2020 Kindergarten Parents Information Meeting - 9am

Wednesday 13 November

  • Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat - 9am to 2:15pm

Friday 15 November

  • Year 6 Assembly - 8:50am
  • 2020 Pre-Kindy Parents Information Meeting - 9am
  • Choir Pizza Night

Save the Date - Thursday 12 December

  • Instrumental Music Concert from 11:15am in the Kalyara Mia

What a Week!

Merit Awards Recipients - Friday 15 November Assembly 8:50am

Year 1B: Romain and Emily P

Year 1O: Xavier C

Year 2C: Emma B and Patrick S

Year 2F: Asher and Emma R

Year 3B: Chloe and James

Year 3P: Maya and Ryan

Year 4: Tyla, Daniel-Lawrence and Grace E

Year 5: Matilda C, Amelie, Xavier and Matilda P

Year 6: Jasmine and Zoelene

2020 Student Booklists

Booklists have been sent home today.

If you are ordering online, you need to do so by the 21 November 2019. Delivery will be made to a nominated address.

If you are placing an order using the booklist paper form, this form needs to be returned to school by 18 November 2019. Collection of your pre-packaged booklist items will be from St Columba’s Kalyara Mia (undercover area) on Tuesday 28 January 2020 from 8am to 9:15am.

Interschool Numero Competition

On Monday, two teams participated in the Interschool Numero Competition at Aranmore Catholic College. Mental maths skills were put to the test as students competed in the various events. Well done to the Year 6 team (Skyla, Emma, Sienna B. and Matthew) who placed 7th out of 16 teams. The Year 5 team also did well and are looking forward to returning next year.

Thank You P&F - Korean

My name is Min Kang and I am the Korean language teacher at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School. During the first year of the Korean language program, our students have studied the Korean language and culture. As part of the cultural experience, we played various traditional games. Of those, Jegi was the most popular game across all age groups. Jegi is similar to a hacky sack and the purpose of the game is to kick the Jegi as many times as possible without letting it hit the ground. As there has been a number of requests from the students, I have decided to purchase more Jegis using $500 provided by P&F this year. I have ordered enough Jegis for each student to take home and practice.

Thank you for all your support and interest in the Korean language program and I will continue to do my very best to make my lessons fun and meaningful for all the students.

Thank you.

Gam sam ham ni da.

Artist of the Week

Noah from Pre-Primary is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen because of his awesome 'Wild Thing' piece of art. Noah's favourite thing about his artwork is the colours. He likes art because he gets to draw. Noah likes to draw monsters.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Scarlett from Year 4 is the Musician of the Week. Scarlett plays the piano and has enjoyed learning for the past year. Her teacher is Jordan and favourite piece is ‘Hedwig’s Theme’. She loves performing in Performing Arts. She would like to play the clarinet in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 11 November: Louise Deshon

Wednesday 13 November: Ratchanee Kingsbury

Thank you to all our parents volunteers who assist in our library each week.

Buy your bamboo toothbrush!

Nearly every single toothbrush made since the 1930s is still out there in the world somewhere, living on as a piece of trash. Recycle your plastic toothbrush, make the world a little greener, and get your own non-toxic, bamboo toothbrush which returns back to the Earth to breakdown.

On sale from Week 4 until stocks last, outside the school library. Support Year 6 and be part of the change!

School Uniform Shop - School Bags

The school Uniform Shop has a supply of school bags for sale at $55 each. The school Uniform Shop is open Tuesday mornings from 8.30am to 9am. They will also be available for purchase from the school office.

Annual Schools Swim Challenge 2019

The annual schools swim challenge will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23 November 2019. The event is run by SSPW and is a fun swimming carnival with many schools from surrounding areas participating in the event

All students from Years 3 to 6 are welcome to register and swim for St Columba's. Individual races include 50m and 25m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke and swimmers can choose any or all of the strokes and their preferred distance. Relays of 6 x 25m will also be held at the end of the event. The first four girls and boys, from each school, for each swim category, are awarded points for their school. The carnival focuses on being a fun afternoon for swimmers.

Where: Wesley College Pool
When: Saturday 23 November 2019
Time: Arrive for Warm Up at 2.30pm. Competing starts at 3pm to 6pm (approximately)

Cost: $10 (TBC) per swimmer (includes entry, sausage sizzle and drink).

If you would like to join the St Columba's swim team please email or text (before Friday 15 November 2019):

Rebecca Evangelista (Charlotte - Year 6) - email or mobile 0405140874


Deanna Power (Matilda - Year 5) – email or mobile 0402346835

Kindy 2020 Places Available

Due to an unusually high number of enrolled families moving out of Perth or interstate, a few Kindergarten places have become available for 2020.

We also have limited places in other select year groups for next year.

Please contact the school administration for application enrolment details.

Parents and Friends

Join our P&F

Join our P&F and help to strengthen our community! Parents have the capacity and power to improve the children’s learning journey and experience at St Columba’s, through community events and fundraising. Like all committees, renewal is important for fresh energy and new ideas. The AGM is on Monday.

DOSC's - Dads Interested in T20 Cricket Game

Dads of St Columbas invite Dads to enjoy a social game of T20 Cricket on Sunday 17 November at Morris Munday Reserve, Kensington. The game will start at 2pm. We invite dads playing to meet from 1:30pm for the forming of teams and the rules for what will be an afternoon of fun.

We won't be taking it too seriously with bats available for use, no need for pads (unless you want to kit right up). We will use a safety cricket ball too. Feel free to come along in your favourite cricket team attire, or better yet dressed as your favourite player.

Water to keep hydrated will be available otherwise it will be a self-catering event.

Families are welcome to come along and enjoy the spectacle from the sidelines.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or message Todd Dawson on 0447730656

'Cards that Count' Fundraiser

“Cards That Count” information has been sent home student's with their unique code. Parents are able to view their child’s artwork and order packs of cards should they wish. Should you have any enquiries or difficulties ordering, please contact Samantha at ‘Cards That Count’ directly -

Message from Maggie Dent

In many ways, raising children today is far more stressful than it was just a couple of decades ago.

  • Parents are often time-poor and overwhelmed.
  • Our kids are suffering anxiety at unacceptably high rates.
  • Our 24/7 news cycle & social media habits have created an unnatural feeling of constant change and, frankly, pressure . . .

So many families are struggling with stress, overload, over-scheduling and disconnection. Surely there's a better way?

Calmness CAN be learnt. This is something I have come to understand over 40 years as a teacher, counsellor, resilience specialist and a mum of four (now adult) sons. By creating new habits and patterns in our families, our kids will feel safer, calmer, more connected and happier.

That's why I have created this course for families with children 12 and under . . .

St Mary's Cathedral Choir Invites You to be Chorister for a Day!!

Community Notices

WA Young Salesian Summer Camp - 6 to 10 January 2020

Five fun filled camp for students aged 12 to 15 years at Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup. To register please visit the website, or contact Graham on 0418979600 for more information or to pick up a form.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Registrations for the 2020 Open

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive triathlon, designed to help kids aged 7-15 get active in a friendly and supportive environment. To learn more about the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, head to the website.

ASC Summer 2019/20 Sports Camps

Three day sports camps for 6 to 16 year olds delivered by expert coaches and guest appearances. For more information call 1300914368, email or can be found on the website .

Relationships Australia - All Things Parenting - November Workshops

For more information about the All Things Parenting courses and workshops, please click here or visit .

Charlesworth Ballet Institute - Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

Featuring national and international guest artists at the Crown Theatre, 20 December 6:30pm, and 21 December 11:30am and 3:30pm. The ballet features our own student Tyla from Year 4. Bookings via

VacSwim 2019/20 Summer Holiday Swimming Lessons

Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons! With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water. VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as five years old. There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at:

"Trust in God who helps you in all things."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop