St. Columba's Primary School


"So great is the strength we possess in our unity."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

What a wonderful way for the school to finish the term with Interschool Swimming team coming second at the interschool carnival yesterday. There were some outstanding swims during the event by St Columba’s swimmers. Congratulations to medal winners Matilda P receiving Runner-up Champion Girl and Lachlan M receiving an equal Champion Boy.

This year we introduced two new specialist teachers to teach the Art programme and Korean. What a hit they have been with students, and there has been so much positive feedback from parents and carers as well. Thank you to Melissa and Min for teaching these learning area's so well.

Another great DOSC Campout happened over the weekend. It was a great event and the kids and more importantly the Dads had a great time cooking and sharing stories while 'supposedly' supervising children in the absence of mothers. Way to go Dave Palermo, Nick Ng Cheong Tin, Mel Naso and Rob Blascette.

We wish Lachlan M all the best for trying out for Under 12's State AFL team on Monday 15 April 2019 and participating in All Schools Secondary Cross Country Championships on Friday 17 May.

Please note the Pupil Free Days for 2019:

Monday 29 April, Tuesday 4 June, Monday 22 July, Friday 30 August and Monday 14 October.

I wish everyone a safe and blessed Easter season and look forward to seeing everyone back at the start of Term 2.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

Important Dates


Please ensure your children have a packed lunch and recess.

Friday 12 April

  • Year 6 Passion Play at 9am

Monday 29 April

  • Pupil Free Day - No School for Students

Tuesday 30 April

  • Term 2 Commences

Wednesday 1 May

  • Year 6 Reconciliation at 9am
  • Kindergarten OT Parent Information Session at 2:30pm

Friday 3 May

  • ANZAC Day Prayer Service

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients last Friday.

Due to the Passion Play tomorrow morning there will be no Merit Award Assembly. The next Merit Award Assembly is scheduled for Week 2 of Term 2, Friday 10 May.

Project Compassion - 100% Hope

Project Compassion boxes are due back to the school office the end of Week 1 of Term 2. Your donations will be very much appreciated by Caritas Australia and their beneficiaries. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering communities with hope and helping those in great need to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Nguyet from Vietnam

Nguyet is a teenager living with a disability in a small town in Vietnam. She lived the first 14 years of her life isolated at home. Her disability restricted her movements and any chance of going to school. Around 7% of people in Vietnam are living with a disability. They often have poorer health, fewer education and employment opportunities and higher poverty rates.

“I can go out independently now. I would like to have my own shop in the village one day. And I hope that other people with disabilities in Vietnam will receive help like I did.”

To read more of Nguyet's story follow this link.

Making a Splash at the ASCS Interschool Carnival

Yesterday at Fremantle Pools students from Years 4 to 6 attended the ASCS Interschool Swimming Carnival. The students represented St Columba’s over various swimming strokes, distances and relays against 7 other schools. Our students were wonderful sports people cheering the school and its competitors on. At the end of the carnival the school swimming squad was awarded 2nd place based on the average points per students and 2nd place based on their raw score. Many of our students put forward a massive effort often finishing strong at the end of their races. Congratulations to Matilda P receiving Runner-Up Year 5 Champion Girl and Lachlan M receiving an equal Year 5 Champion Boy. We are proud of our students’ efforts, displaying their swimming abilities and being excellent representatives of their school.

Well done!

Leigh Chatt

Physical Education Specialist

Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2019

Solo and Duet Performances

Performing Arts Solo and Duet entries are now due. This is an opportunity for students who learn an instrument to perform. If you would like your child to perform a solo or a duet please complete the attached Performing Arts form. This form is to be received at the school office no later than Tuesday 30 April.

Parents Volunteers for Costume Making

Many of our classes will require a costume for their performance in Term 3. If you are able to help out with costume making please let me know as we will need to get started on these in Term 2.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Musician of the Week

The Musician of the Week is Abbie Dixon in Year 6. Abbie plays the piano and has been playing for about four and a half years. Her teacher is Maryanne Boywer. Her favourite piece is 'Shallow'. Her favourite performance was 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. She is also learning the ukulele. In the future she would like to play the drums.

Skyla and Layla

Year Art Ministers

Artist of the Week

Cayden from Year Four is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen because of the time and care he took with his Perth City artwork. Cayden feels happy when he does art. When producing this piece of art, he liked drawing the lines and using dots to look like fireworks. He painted the water blue. Cayden is very happy with his art.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library Roster - Week 1, Term 2

Wednesday 1 May - Ratchanee Kingsbury

Thank you to all our wonderful parent helpers in the library this term. Happy reading and have a blessed Easter.

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

News from our Recycling Team

Easter is almost upon us and a time when gifts are shared. Of course we can still do our bit for the environment with the packaging that comes from the chocolate gifts.

Here are some ideas as to how your family can do its bit to minimise the waste. You could even aim for WRAP Free Easter eggs. A few Bulkfood suppliers like The Source in East Victoria Park have yummy wrap free eggs that can also be lactose free.

Have a happy Easter.

Brianne Bechelli and Erin Shaylor

St Columbas Recycling Team

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Campout Under South Perth Stars

Saturday’s Campout was a great night with 70 families pitching tents and rolling out the sleeping bags. This year a ‘Dads Vs Kids’ competition was introduced, with tug-o-war and sack races. Congratulations to the kids winning the 2019 trophy! Dinner and breakfast were cooked on the new P&F BBQ.

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Order Your Honey Now - P&F Fundraiser

Cold extracted honey straight from hive to jar!

Selling for $40, every South West Honey Favourites Pack sold raises $10 for the St Columba’s P&F. (RRP $42.95)

Please return your slip and payment to the school office by Friday, 3 May 2019.

Last Day for Car Bay Raffle

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase tickets from the P&F for the Term 2 Visitors Car Bay Raffle. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Mother's Day Breakfast

The P&F will be holding a breakfast for our school Mums and Carers before class starts on Friday 10 May at 7.45am.

Pre-Primary dads : let us know if you can help!

Mother's Day Gift Stall Donations

The P&F will be running a Mother's Day stall on Wednesday, 8 May, for all students to purchase a special gift to give their mum on Mother's Day.

For this we would love if each child from Kindy to Year 6 could bring in a small present donation. All donations can be placed in a bucket that will be in each classroom until Monday 6 May. Gifts are to be new/unused - small token gifts for example chocolates, tea, soaps, candles, hand creams, travel mugs, jewellery, photo frames etc. Please leave the gifts unwrapped so that the children can select a gift they would like to give to their Mother.

One gift per student can be purchased from the stall for a gold coin donation. The children were very excited last year to be able to select a special gift for their mum's!

P&F Before School Exercise Activity - Commencing Term 2

P&F Before School Exercise Activity will be starting next term on each Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week.

We are asking for parents to volunteer on any of those days. Time is from 8.25am to 8.40am. If you would like to volunteer and go on the roster, please email Lara Tulett on with your name, contact details and what mornings you are available to assist. Thank you.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

An exciting Round 3 saw 6 games won by less than 19 points and some terrific last 2 minutes of football to be seen. We have our first out right competition leader with MC The Best.

Congratulations to our Round 3 Winner - MC The Best (Matthew C)

Ladder - Top 10
1. MC The Best (Matthew C) 18

2. The Palermo’s (Davide P) 17
3. The Mighty De’s (Neilsen D) 16

4. Kennedy 17 (Christian P) 15

5. Lorraine J (Lorraine J) 15

6. Anniecrows18 (Annabelle K) 15

7. Iuliano Family (Paul I) 15
8. R-K-S (Rob B) 14
9. TeamMcKenzie (Josh M) 14

10. RupaRob (Rupa P) 14

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Entertainment Books 2019/20

The P&F are once again selling the Entertainment Book ($70) to raise funds. The P&F receives $14 commission for each book sold. Please click here for the Online Order Page to order your digital book. If you prefer a hard coy of the Entertainment Book, we will advise when they are available from the school office.


2019 Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award - Calls for Entries

The City of South Perth Historical Society Inc are now taking entries for this years Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award, Written and Photographic Years 1 to 12. Open to all students who live and/or attend Primary or Secondary school within the City of South Perth.

Entries close on Friday 24 May 2019. Please see the attached information flyer for all the details. Entry Form and Conditions of Entry available via the website.

2019 Leisurelife Junior Sports (Netball, Basketball, Soccer)

Registrations for the 2019 Winter Season (Years 1 to 7) now open until Sunday 21 April. Autumn Year 4/5 and Year 6/7 netball carnivals will be held on Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April. Multisport Kidz Club on Monday 15, Wednesday 17, Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April (8:30am to 12pm). Coaching for basketball, netball, and soccer available during the school terms. Please click here for further or e-mail

Perth Redbacks April Holiday Camp

Multi Sports Camp including a basketball clinic with Lauren and Marshal and other SBL players. 15 and 17 April for children aged 5 to 14 at Leisure Life Centre, Vic Park. Includes badminton, basketball, soccer, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, cooking, movies and much more. Register via

From Diagnosis to OAM - A Personal Autism Journey

On Tuesday 7 May 2019 and Wednesday 8 May 2019 Daniel Giles OAM (Order of Australia Medal) and his father Daryl Giles will be presenting “From Diagnosis to OAM – A Personal Autism Journey” in Gooseberry Hill and West Perth. An inspirational story. Further details and ticketing for the events can found for the two seminars: Tuesday 7 May 2019 and Wednesday 8 May 2019

South Perth Junior Rugby League

Fostering the development of Rugby League by providing pathways and coaching for both on and off the field. Teams for 4 to 17 year old boys and girls. Girls League Tag for 12 to 16 year olds. Register online at or for more information email

Soda and Pop Dance

Classes including Kinder Dance, Musical Theatre, Stretch and Limber, Boys only Musicality and Movement, Dance De La Soul, Adults Dance Fitness and Hip Hop. For all the details email Monique, or phone 0428452750.

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St Columba's Catholic Church, South Perth

Palm Sunday of the Passion

Saturday Vigil 13 April Mass at 6:00pm

Sunday 14 April Mass at 7:30am and 9:30am

Holy Monday — 15 April

Second Rite of Reconciliation at 7:30pm

Holy Tuesday - 10 April at 7:00pm

Chrism Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral

Holy Thursday — 18 April at 7:00pm

Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Washing of Feet

followed by prayer before the Altar of Repose to 9pm

Good Friday — 19 April

Stations of the Cross at 10:00am

(Collection for the Holy Places)

followed by Reconciliation

Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm

(Collection for the Holy Places)

Holy Saturday — 20 April

Silent reflection at the Lord’s tomb

Reconciliation 11:30am to 12 noon

Easter Vigil — 20 April

including lighting of the Easter fire & Paschal candle

and renewal of Baptisimal Promises at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday Masses — 21 April

including renewal of Baptismal Promises 7.30am and 9.30am

Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Easter.

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Thank you to our Year 2's for their beautiful Easter Bunnies artwork this week.