St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 4 | 4 NOVEMBER 2021
God, thank you for showing me the things that wound my relationship with you.
Calm my nerves and give me the grace to make a good confession,
not holding anything back due to shame or anxiety.
Thank you for the gift of this Sacrament Reconciliation.
From the Principal
Dear St Columba’s school community,
The news on Wednesday morning that Cleo Smith was found alive and reunited with her family was something that everyone was hoping and praying for. Cleo is a student of St Mary Star of the Sea, Carnarvon, and you can only imagine that the whole school community is rejoicing with this fantastic news. Please continue to pray for little Cleo and her family as they navigate their way through this challenging time.
Last Friday was such a joyous occasion at St Columba’s as we welcomed all our Grandparents to our school! I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and meeting the wonderful individuals that hold such a very special place in our students’ hearts. Some of our Grandparents travelled long distances to attend this day with everyone walking away very happy and thrilled to be invited into the classrooms. To our Pre-Primary staff and students, thank you for an amazing assembly! A big thank you is also extended to our Pre-Primary P&F representatives for organising a delicious morning tea for our Grandparents to enjoy. Our Grandparents Day was definitely a success!
Teachers Day was also celebrated on Friday. The teaching staff at St Columba’s are so dedicated and committed to building lifelong learners and from my point of view, they are the best going around. I thank them for everything that they do for our students.
The Year 3 students participated in the ‘Forgive and Forgiven’ Reconciliation Retreat on Monday with the 24:7 Youth Ministry Retreat Team. The students spent the day reflecting on how God wants to draw them close to Him through offering them His love and forgiveness. Thank you to Mrs Poole and Mrs Lucas for organising this retreat.
Congratulations to our CAPSS Athletics Interschool Team who competed on Tuesday at the CAPSS Athletics Carnival. The students from Year 3 to 6 proudly represented the school with vigour and sportsmanship achieving both team accolades and individual medals. Thank you to Mr Chatt, Mrs Brine, Mrs Lucas and all our parent helpers for assisting with another successful carnival. Well done to all our students!
As Catholics, we begin November by remembering all those who have died. The first two days of November are recognised as All Saints Day and All Souls Day. All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who are recognised as saints. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. Today as a whole school, we attended All Saints Day Mass to pray for all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognised by the Catholic Church and those who are not.
Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend!
Annual School Community General Meeting
Nominations now open for P&F Executive and School Advisory Council
The Annual School Community General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm in the Kalyara Mia. This meeting is open to everyone in our School Community and I encourage you to come along and listen to both the P&F Executive and the School Advisory Council as they present their annual reports for 2021. The election of new members onto the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive will be held at this meeting.
The School Advisory Council is a sounding board to the Principal to help with the present and future operation of the school. Please note it is not involved in the day-to-day operations or school finances. There will be two positions available on the School Advisory Council for 2022. People interested in being elected to the Council, the following selection criteria will need to be considered:
- A keenness to promote quality Catholic schooling
- Possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Council
- A deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff
- A desire to give service to the St Columba’s Catholic School community
- An ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Council
For the P&F, all positions are declared open. Those who wish to become a member of the Executive a nomination form will need to be completed and are elected by a vote at the Community Meeting.
Nomination forms for the both the School Advisory Council and P&F will need to be handed to myself no later than Friday, November 5. Please find the nomination forms below.
Wednesday, 10 November - Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 11 November - Year 5W Zoo Camp
Thursday, 11 November - Remembrance Day Liturgy
Saturday, 13 November - Reconciliation
Monday, 15 November - Scitech Incursion
Tuesday, 16 November - Scitech Incursion
Tuesday, 16 November - Kindy 2022 Information Session at 9am
Wednesday, 17 November - Pre-Kindy 2022 Information Session at 9am
Wednesday, 17 November - Pre Primary Excursion to UWA Theatre
Friday, 19 November - Year 6 Assembly
Sunday, 21 November - St Columba's Primary Christmas Fair
Monday, 22 November - Parent ICT Information for Year 4 Parents 2022 at 6pm
CAPSS Inter School Athletics Carnival
On Tuesday, 2 November at Len Shearer Reserve, students in Years 3 to 6 attended the CAPSS Inter School Athletics Carnival. The students represented St Columba’s over various race distances, turbojav, shot put, long jump, relays and games against five other schools.
The students were wonderful supporters cheering the school and its competitors on. At the end of the carnival the school athletics squad was awarded 1st place scoring well above second place at both RAW score and the average points per student score plus making us back to back winners from last year.
A special congratulations to the students listed below on their individual achievements:
Yr 3 Girl Champion Emily P
Yr 3 Boy Champion Max H
Yr 4 Girl Runner Up Paris H
Yr 4 Boy Runner Up William W
We are proud of our students’ efforts, displaying their athletic abilities and being excellent representatives of their school. A big "thank you", to Mrs Brine, Mrs Lucas, Mr Beins and our parent helpers who were a wonderful help in coaching the the squad leading up to and at the event.
Canteen Manager 2022
The successful applicant must be available three days per week 8:30am to 2:30pm during school term. This is a temporary position starting January 1, 2022 and concluding December 31, 2022. This position will include a three month probationary period. The successful applicant must have the ability to work within our Catholic ethos and to obtain an Accreditation to Work certification. Please follow the link if you wish to apply or know of someone who would be interested in working at St Columba's Primary!
Altar Serving Training - St Columba's Church
Altar Serving is a very special role within our Parish community and only involves serving at Mass once a month. It is a great way to participate more fully in the Mass.
A training session will be conducted on this Saturday 6th November at 3:30pm 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.
Christmas Fair News
LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO GO!!!
LETS PROMOTE THE FAIR
To make this a huge success I need all of you to help spread the word. Please follow like and share our Fair Instagram and Facebook.
We have posters that we need spread throughout the community. If you have a business, sport club or community noticeboard that you could put a poster on, please stop by the office and grab a poster.
Finally, let all your family and friends know that we would love to have them join us on the day. With a fabulous boutique market space, fair rides, games, cuddly animals, ponies, food trucks and a licenced bar overlooking the swan, we have something for everyone!
FAIRGROUND WRIST BAND
Avoid the queues and buy your kids fairground wrist bands early. Wrist bands will be sold outside the library the week prior to the Fair. Credit facilities available!
$35/wrist band for unlimited fair ground rides, cuddly farm entry and pony rides.
ST COLUMBA'S MONEY
To help all of us "cashless" types, we have designed our very own St Columba's currency, featuring some of our favourite St. Columba's faces. You will be able to use our credit facilities to purchase a book of St. Columba's money which will be valid at all St. Columba's run stalls, rides and games at the fair, making it easier for you to have a great day and enjoy all we have on offer. Books of money will be sold the week prior to the fair along with the wrist bands.
WE NEED MORE HELPERS
Thank you to all of you who have signed up to help on the day. We still need a number of helpers for set up and pack down. I'd appreciate you giving me an hour or two of your time to help make the day a success. Click on link below.
BUSK FOR ST COLUMBAS
Do you like to sing, dance, or play an instrument?
Come along to the St. Columba's Christmas Fair and showcase you talent in your very own show, collect coins for the school while doing so. How fun it will be to show your friends what you love to do, even if it's just for fun! Invite your friends and family to come and see you perform. Time slots are limited! Contact Vanessa Naso for more information
Phone: 0497 969 297 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raffle was drawn last Friday by Rebecca Clarke.
1st: Sunglasses (donated by Angelo Street Optical) Larissa Barnao
2nd: Picnic Hire Voucher: Alex C - Year 3
3rd: Keune Hair care package: Miles M - Year 2
4th: Puggle Puzzle: Amanda R - Year 6
PLEASE COLLECT YOUR PRIZE FROM THE OFFICE
Thank you for all of the books that have been donated. We have all we need now.
We are still collecting toys and would also welcome all donations off plants. Plants will be collected the week before the fair (stay tuned for details).
I am overwhelmed by all the enthusiasm and spirit our school community has shown in the lead up to this event.
Thank you to all of you.
The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.
Chorister for a Day
Invitation to any boys aged between 6–14 years of age who you think may be interested in this wonderful opportunity to meet our choristers, sing and grow in their faith – and get a bit of a taste of Cathedral musical life !!
Registrations close Thursday, 18 November 2021
All Schools Challenge 2021
Plenary Council Assembly
THURSDAY 18 November 5.30-8.30pm - Continuing the Dialogue: Observations and reflections on the First Plenary Council Assembly
The opening session of the Plenary Council concluded on October 10 after an intense week of prayer, discussion and discernment.
The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to hear Perth's women members share their experience of the first assembly of the Plenary Council.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to this dialogue. Men and women are all welcome.
Venue : James Nestor Hall ,Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville
When: Thursday 18 November, 5.30pm - 8.30pm (Light refreshments served 5.30pm - 6pm)
RSVP: Tuesday 16 November by email email@example.com or mobile 0400 886 835
School Term Dates
Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December