St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 1 | 6 FEBRUARY 2020
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope that everyone had a good break and is well rested and ready for the school year. What a great start students and staff have had for the 2020 school year, all be it being extremely hot. Everyone has settled in well and is off to a flying start.
Our prayers and thoughts are with a number of families at St Columba’s who have recently had immediate family members pass away.
A big thank you must go to all the staff for working so hard in having the school ready for our students on Monday.
Our school community would like to welcome all of the new families that have started at St Columba’s this year. I am sure that it will not take long for them to settle in St Columba’s school life and be made most welcome by existing families.
We welcome to St Columba’s new staff, Miss Italiano (Yr1), Mrs Rose Pezzano (Yr 4) for Sem 1 who is replacing Mrs Buiks while she is on LSL and Mrs Creek who is replacing Mrs Underwood in the front office. Congratulations to Mr Chatt on the birth of his daughter, all of those sleep-ins will now disappear.
We look forward to a wonderful year.
This morning's Commitment Mass
Head Boy – Xavier Tilli
Head Girl – Madison Bourne
Liturgy Officer – Celeste McLean
McMahon House – Connor O’Byrne and Claudia Fiel
MacKillop House – Lachlan Mammana and Matilda Power
Casey House – Eva Rechichi
Communication Ministers– Anne Lam and Matilda Cridland
Environmental Ministers – Lucia La Rosa and Gabriella Flores
Visual Arts Ministers – Cerise Deshon and Sarina Mirazabeygi
Music Arts Ministers – Kara Verrall and Edith Johnson
There is an general assembly this Friday
Our new website - with quick links for families
School grounds open at 8.30am
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 8:45am. On entering the school grounds during the day all visitors will need to enter via the front office.
Provide up-to-date medical information for your child
To ensure your child’s wellbeing, the school requires that parents provide up-to-date medical information in regard to any allergies or medical conditions. If your child is allergic to bee stings, nuts, shellfish, eggs etc and may suffer an allergic reaction, it is paramount that the school is informed. Your doctor will need to provide an anaphylaxis document with instructions that the school will follow. If your child suffers from asthma, a plan is also required for staff to follow in the event of an asthma attack. Anaphylaxis documents and asthma plans are to be presented to the office with medication to ensure that in an event of a medical incident, your child can be treated effectively. Any other medical information that may be relevant must also be presented in written form to the office. This information will remain confidential within the staff-teaching environment.
Parking is not permitted in no standing or parking zones
Families please note that you will need to adhere to the school parking policy and the street verge signage. Parking is not permitted in ‘no standing or parking' zones. Cars that do not follow the street and verge signage face a possible fine from the Ranger. Also parking in the church car park is not allowed as this is for staff and Kiss and Drive. Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated.
Teacher & Parent Night on Mon 10 Feb (Kindy to Year 5)
On Monday we are holding our Teacher & Parent night where teachers will explain classroom procedures and expectations. It is a great opportunity for parents and carers to meet their child’s classroom teacher and have a clear understanding of what is happening in the classroom. Please note, these meetings are not a parent interview - if you have any concerns about your child’s progress, you will need to make a separate appointment time to discuss your child's classroom progress with their teacher.
6.00pm to 6.45pm - Kindy, PP, Year 3, Year 4
6.45pm to 7.30pm - Year 1, Year 2, Year 5
18 Feb 6.00 to 6.45pm - Year 6
P&F Picnic: Order DOLCE & SOLATA pizza by Tue 18 Feb
- Order pizza - bring in your order form with exact money in an envelope by Tuesday 18 Feb
- Ice-cream van
- Inflatable obstacle course for adults and kids!
- Game of tug-a-war
Pizzas will be ready for collection from 5.30pm onwards at the stairs at the top oval. Download the form below.
Join our P&F - we are seeking a Secretary
Our P&F Committee - Lara Tulette (President), Larissa Barnao (Vice President) and Sarah Mann (Treasurer) - is in full swing arranging many wonderful community and fund raising events this year.
We still need a P&F Secretary, please speak with Allen if you are interested in this role.
School Board Meeting 28 Feb 7pm
There will be a School Board meeting Wednesday February 28 at 7:00pm in the school staffroom.
Check your sports uniform day
Year 3 - Year 6: Check yours sports uniform day below.
This year, sports uniform will only be worn on the class' PE day and for Edu-Dance in Term 1. Please wear school uniform on all other days.
Edu-dance Term 1 - Wear sport uniform on your Edu-dance day.
Pre-Primary - Year 2: Wear sports uniform every day.
Kindy - Green Kindy shirt and school hat.
Pre-Kindy - Wear suitable play clothes.
Place Canteen orders online
Canteen operates on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for recess and lunch. Orders are placed online or handed in at the canteen by 9am. Pre-Kindy students attending on Fridays are able to order from commencement of Term 2.
Order online https://quickcliq.com.au/
Grasshopper Soccer Term 1 - offsite coaching sessions
Important Dates 2020
School Photos - Wed March 25
Mother’s Day Breakfast - Fri May 8
St Mary of The Cross - Fri Aug 7
Father’s Day Breakfast - Fri Sept 4
School Open Night - Thur Sept 17
School Athletics’ Carnival - Fri Sept 18
Grandparents and Friends Celebration - Fri Oct 23
School Board and P&F AGMs - Tue Nov 10
School Term Dates 2020
Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Thursday 2 July
Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December
Pupil Free Days 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April
Term 3: Friday 3 July, Monday 20 July and Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October
Sacrament Dates 2020
Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Saturday 14 March at 6pmConfirmation: Saturday 30 May at 6pm
Eucharist: Sunday 14 June at 9:30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 14 November at 10am to 11:30am