St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3, WEEK 10 | 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


As the term draws to a close we reflect back on what has been another busy and fulfilling term with many wonderful learning and extra-curricular opportunities for our children and families.


I would like to thank our teachers and education assistants for all their hard work. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated staff who go above and beyond for our students. I would also like to thank our office staff, Lorraine, Cassandra and Narelle who work incredibly hard to ensure that administratively the school runs smoothly. Finally a big thank you to all our families for working in partnership with us to educate your children. We also greatly appreciate the big and small ways you volunteer to assist us in delivering all that is on offer at St Columba’s.


Today we farewell Mrs Susannah Robinson. Susannah has been at St Columba’s for the last 5 years, two years in the role of classroom teacher and three years in the role of Assistant Principal. We acknowledge and thank her for her commitment and dedication to our students and the school. Her passion and energy will be missed. We wish her everything of the very best for her future endeavours.


St Columba’s Parish is seeking Catechists to join the Parish Religious Education Program team. This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer your time and share your faith with the children of this parish. If you are interested but require more details, Connie Carroll the current Catechist co-ordinator is more than happy to speak to you about the role. Please contact the front office for Mrs Carroll’s telephone details.


We have been busy putting together Religious Education boxes for each classroom and would like to include 4 pieces of fabric for the classroom prayer tables that reflect the different liturgical seasons. The fabric needs cutting and overlocking. If you are able to assist please contact me, we would be most grateful for your sewing skills and time.


All that remains is for me to wish you and your family happy and safe school holidays and we look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of the final term on Tuesday 15 October 2019.


May God Bless you and your family.


Ondine Komnick

Acting Principal

Important Dates

Monday 14 October

Pupil Free Day - No School for Students


Tuesday 15 October

Term 4 Commences for Students

Edudance for Year 1 to 6. Students are to wear sports uniforms please.


Grandparents and Friends Day

Please note our Grandparents and Friends Day is on Wednesday 30 October next term.

What a Week!

Sports Carnival

On 27 September on the school oval students from Kindy to Year 6 attended the St Columba’s Athletic Carnival. The students represented their faction in a various races, games and relays. The students were wonderful sports people, cheering their faction and competitors on. At the end of the carnival it was Mackillop who proved themselves worthy to win the St Columba’s Field and Athletic Carnival Trophy. Year 3 to 6 students that qualify (reserves notified if required) for the ASCS Inter School Athletic Carnival in Term have been notified. A special thank you to the parent helpers and supporters who attended our Athletics Carnival.

School Fee Account Payments - Now Due

School fees are due to be paid by the end of this term, unless alternatives arrangements have been made with Mr McMahon. Please not the BPay reference has changed from last year. Payments can be made online by BPay or with cash or credit card details at the administration office.


Should you require a copy of your statement please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Narelle Foster at the commencement of next term.

Regional Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Saheli D for winning the Year 4 Regional Spelling Bee last Thursday. A big thank you also to our student representatives who competed in the Regional Spelling Bee and represented our school with so much pride.

Visit from Kensington Fire Station

Fire-fighters from Kensington Fire Station visited our Year 3 students to teach them about fire safety. We learnt about preventing fires, responding to fires and the role of firefighters. The Year 3 students interacted with the fire trucks and one lucky student dressed up in a proper firefighters outfit!

Creative Parents - We Love Your Work!

Thank you to the creative parents who help on so many occasions with costumes, face-painting and props - we love your work!

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all the students who received Merit Awards at this mornings assembly.

Artist of the Week

Max from Year 4 is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen because of his excellent Big Cat Artwork. Max's favourite thing about his piece is that he got to draw part of the animals. He likes art because it makes him feel relaxed. Max’s favourite art medium is sketching in pencil.

Musician of the Week

Cerise in Year 5 is the Musician of the Week. Cerise plays the piano. She is currently learning 'Children’s Dance'. Her favourite performance is 'Banjo'. She would like to learn the clarinet in the future. In her spare time she likes to do art.

Library News

Thank you to all our wonderful library helpers this term. Your assistance each week is greatly appreciated. To all . . . have a wonderful holiday break and hope you have the opportunity to pick up a great book to read.


Library Roster

Wednesday 16 October - Nicole Baroni


Happy reading . . .


Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

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DOSC's Footy Tipping Competition 2019

Congratulations to the Perkis family - this years DOSC's Footy Tipping winners. Thank you to Todd Dawson for being the Footy Tipping Competition coordinator for 2019!

School Holiday LOFT Session and Art Workshop at CEWA - 2 October 2019

Come and have your say about the future of Catholic Education at special school holiday LOFT sessions for students and their families at Catholic Education, Leederville. There are 2 sessions on Wednesday 2 October (10:30am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 3pm) for students in Pre Kindy to Year 6 and their families. As well as answering the question ‘What makes a good Catholic school?,’ participants will join artist Linzi Carter in painting a mural on the walls of the LOFT. For more information and to register for a session, please click here.

Tennis Lessons at St Columba's

Tennis lessons are offered to students from Years 3, 4 5 and 6 on Thursday at lunchtimes by Marshall's Tennis Academy. Next terms first session will be Thursday 24 October, 1:15pm to 1:45pm. Enrolment forms will be sent home at the commencement of next term. For further details, please visit www.marshallstennis.com.au or phone 93392943.

Redhage Basketball School Program at St Columba's

Redhage Basketball School Program is returning to St Columba's for Term 4. Years 1 to 6 (split into age groups), 8 week program commencing Tuesday's, 22 October to 10 December 2019, from 3:10pm to 4:10pm. Registration via www.redhagebasketball.com .

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Bricks4Kidz Term 4 After School Classes at St Columba's

Bricks4Kidz After School Classes are returning to St Columba's for Term 4. Click here for all the details and registration.


School Holiday Activites at UWA

University of WA is holiday theatre and activities for primary school kids these school holidays as part of the 2019 AWESOME Festival. Beep is for children 2 to 7 years of age. From the makers of Grug, it is a tale of unexpected friendship. Picasso and His Dog is for children 4 and up and tells the tale of a man and his dog, and the art their friendship inspired. The AWESOME Festival runs from 5 to 11 October 5 to 11 October in the Perth Cultural Centre, then comes to UWA for the closing weekend on 12 and 13 October. Tickets for all festival shows are available on ticketsWA.

Does your local club or business have a notice board or newsletter?

Help us advertise Kindy 2020 places that have become 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. Our Kindy is usually booked up two years in advance, so this presents an opportunity for local families who may have missed the 2020 interviews.


Help the school by placing our Kindy Enrolment poster on your local notice board or including it in your newsletter. Download a copy to print, or contact the school to have one sent home with your child. Thanks for your support!