St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Year 4 students made their First Eucharist last Sunday. The Mass was lovely and the students are to be commended for their reverence and participation. Many thanks go to Monsignor, Mr Yock, Mrs Pilatti and Miss Bechelli for having the students so well prepared for the day. Also a big thank you must go to the parents and carers for your support of the day as the children were a credit to their families. Thanks also to Mrs MacDonald and students who provided the music and singing, and staff who provided help with the various jobs on the day.

Next week our students will be celebrating NAIDOC Week. They will be working on a variety of activities throughout the week.

Good luck to our Cross Country students who will be competing in the interschool cross country next Tuesday at Manning Park. I am sure they will be great ambassadors for our school.

Many thanks to Mr Chatt and the P&F for organising the tree planting on the oval boundaries yesterday. It was terrific to see the Kindy and Year 6 students working so closely together planting the trees. There was a great sense of camaraderie among the students and a sense of responsibility for the Year 6 students.

Mrs Lucas is to be thanked for the work she has done in organising The Jump Rope For Heart

this term at the school. It has been an amazing success, beating their target and raising $5,561.

A reminder that student reports will be available from 3:30pm on Wednesday, 29 June. If you are not able to access them please contact the school front office or see your classroom teacher.

A reminder Term 2 will conclude on Friday, 1 July and students will commence Term 2 on Tuesday, 19 July.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Friday, 24 June - Assembly 2W

Tuesday, 28 June - Interschool Cross Country Carnival Year 3-6

Wednesday, 29 June - St John's First Aid Courses Year 3-6

Wednesday, 29 June - Write a book in a day

Thursday, 30 June - St John's First Aid Courses Year 3-6

Friday, 1 July - NAIDOC Day Assembly - Year 5

Term 3

Monday, 18 July - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday, 19 July - Term 3 Commences

Merit award winners - Friday, 24 June

Year 1G - Caleb, Saige

Year 1W - Beth, Vincent

Year 2G - Charlotte, Vangeli

Year 2W - Asha, Thomas, Gabriella

Year 3G - Kapil, Thomas

Year 3W - Emily, Charlotte

Year 4G - Audrey, Xavier, Lennox

Year 4W - Isabel, Marcus

Year 5G - Asher, Joseph

Year 5W - Aiden, Florence

Year 6G - Genevieve, Maclaren

Year 6W - Oskar, Siri

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First Holy Communion

Last Sunday our Year 4 candidates received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion.

We thank their parents, teachers, and the school worshipping community for all their help and support in the preparation phase and congratulate candidates as they take their next step on their faith journey.

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Well done!

Isabel has successfully auditioned for the role of Laila, a young refugee girl, for an online Amazon podcast series called “The Missed”. The 8-part mystery thriller series about a refugee family from Pakistan who find safety in a West Australian town, until their daughter is taken by an unknown person. This brings the weight of national media and politics down on the town, and the locals are pushed to their breaking point.The series is in production now and will be available on Amazon Audible once done.

Well done, Isabel!

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NAIDOC Week will be celebrated by the St Columba’s school community in Week 10. This will involve activities and tasks completed in class that build student understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and customs.

The Week will conclude with a NAIDOC Assembly on the last day of school, Friday 1 July, led by our fantastic Year 5 team. Students are welcome to wear free dress in NAIDOC colours on this day. We look forward to students deepening their understanding of the First Peoples of Australia as we celebrate the 2022 theme, “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”

St John's First Aid Courses for Year 3-6 Classes

We are excited to be able to provide our middle and upper primary students with the opportunity to participate in a St John’s First Aid Incursion.

These will take place across Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 June.

First Aid skills are useful for everyone, and we look forward to building these with our students.

HELP - Performing Arts Festival Costumes

Can you sew? Are you able to help with costumes?

All students from Years 1-6 have begun preparation for this Year's Performing Arts Festival. I am looking for some parent help to do some machine sewing for some simple costumes.

If you can help, please email Mrs. McDonald

Semester 1 Reports 2022 (PP to Year 6)

Semester 1 Reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students will be made available on Wednesday 29 June at 3:30 pm.

Reports will be provisioned online this semester through the SEQTA Engage portal.

All parents who have received their child’s report online previously have been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account.

The SEQTA Engage web address is

Please note there is also a ‘Reports – SEQTA Engage’ tab on the FAMILIES page of the school website that links directly to the above link.

Please ensure you can log into your account so that you can receive your child's Semester 1 report.

If you are unable to locate your login information, please follow these steps:

  • Click on the Forgot your password? link
  • Enter your email address into the relevant box and click on Reset my password
  • Go to your email box and reset your password according to the instructions in the email.
  • The password reset email will expire after 1 hour of being generated.

Parents who are new to St Columba’s this year or who have not previously been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account will receive an email shortly inviting them to create one.

Please contact the front office if you have any issues logging into your SEQTA Engage account.

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Program at St Columba’s Topic Overview

The below tables share with parents the topics covered in the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Program across the years for each cluster.

Early Years: Years K–2

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)

The KS:CPC teaches children and young people to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe.

More information can be found on the KS:CPC website:

For Years R–2, the following topics are covered:

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Primary Years: Years 3–5

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)

The KS:CPC teaches children and young people to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe.

More information can be found on the KS:CPC website:

For Years 3–5, the following topics are covered:

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Middle Years: Year 6

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)

The KS:CPC teaches children and young people to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe.

More information can be found on the KS:CPC website:

For Years 6–9, the following topics are covered:

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Please contact your child’s classroom teacher for further information on any of the above.

Enrolment - we welcome new families

We welcome new families in the upper primary - invite friends to book a visit if they are interested. We would love to show them around! We have limited places left for Kindy 2024 - please help to spread the word.
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Support Catherine Stoke's CEO Sleepout fundraising

St Columba's parent Catherine Stokes will be sleeping out in the cold later this month to raise money for Vinnies Australia to provide crisis accommodation, food, healthcare, counselling, education, employment, and support to find a permanent home for thousands of people who experience homelessness. If you would like to help ensure Vinnies Australia can continue to be there, providing support services to get people experiencing homelessness back on their feet, please donate to the link below:

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P&F Plant a Tree Day

On Wednesday June 22, all of our students celebrated Plant a Tree Day. The Kindy and Year 6's were fortunate enough to take the lead, planting almost 100 trees on the northern side of the lower oval (just outside the fence). The year 6's thoroughly enjoyed guiding our Kindy students to put on their gloves, carry the plants, dig a hole with a trowel and plant their own tree in it. As the kindy students grow they will be able to watch their plants at the school grow as well. The year 6's will be able to revisit the school and see the difference they have made. Pre-Primary to Year 5 students also participated in an in-class activity to support the plant a tree day event.

This was a fantastic initiative supported by the P&F where your fundraising efforts have been able to help support the environment and the school. We were incredibly fortunate to have a team of amazing Kindy parents led by Magdalena Evans who organised so much to make the event successful. Thank you to everyone involved, what a fantastic day.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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P&F News

Happy Thursday Everyone,

We are on the home stretch for Term 2.

Regional Handball Championships

On the weekend, the P&F together with the Dads of St Columbas ran the food stall for the Camp Australia Regional Handball Championships Finals. Who would have thought, handball is very competitive! A massive thanks must go to Todd Dawson, Renee Methorst, Shaun Tubic, Jasper Thornycroft, Shyla Tubic, Steve Filby and Mathew Smith for all of their efforts.

I would also like to make a special mention to Todd Dawson. Not only was he integral in the preparation and execution on the day, he represented St Columbas in the "Parents and Spectators Event" coming in second place! Todd, maybe a new hobbie is on the cards? Not only did we raise some money for the P&F, we raised the profile of the school to over 200 guests that attended the event.

Basketball Co-Curricular Term 3

Please keep an eye out in your emails for Expressions of Interests/Sign Up documentation for after school basketball for Term 3. This will be free for the students (funded by the P&F). The basketball classes (which include skills, fitness and games) will run straight afterschool for approximately 45 minutes by coaches from Perth Redbacks.

Day 1: Years 1-3

Day 2: Years 4-6

It is extremely important you get your name in ASAP so we can arrange enough coaches for the kids.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

The final bye round did wreak havoc for some strong favourites and also some tipsters with our leader board now a 3 way tie at the top.

Awesome tipping Renee Methorst (Renee M), this round with 5 correct tips to be a standalone winner for the round.

The Overall Leader board:

1. Binns Clan – David B - 74 points

2. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K - 74 points

3. The Merenda Family – Lee M - 74 points

4. Freo Donovan – Pat D - 72 points

5. Trish09 – Tricia A – 70 points

6. Scarymans - Mark S – 68 points

7. Mat Smith – Mathew S – 68 points

8. BenBristow18 – Ben B - 68 points

9. Oggace – Brendon O – 68 points

10. JChamps – Jennie D - 68 points

A chasing pack of 5 tipsters are on 66 points

Round 16 starts tonight with Melbourne playing Brisbane.

The game starts at 5:20pm WA time.

Tomorrow night we have a casual catch up for Dads of St Columba’s at The Como Bowling Club (99 Hensman Street) from 5pm (feel free to get down at your convenience) to watch the Bulldogs take on the Hawks.

If new to St Columba’s or interested to connect further with Dads of St Columba’s this is a great way to meet Dads and get involved.

Game starts at 5pm WA time and we hope to see you there.


Todd Dawson

Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

Scholastic Books

Thank you everyone for your Book Club orders.

This Term we have received $378.11 worth of books for our Library.

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

Bricks 4 Kidz - Term 3

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Bricks 4 Kidz

My name is Rachel from BRICKS 4 KIDZ. This Winter School Holidays we are running Workshops with LEGO® and Coding with Robotics. Our holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 -12. We have many themes to inspire creativity and fun.

We would appreciate if you could kindly download our attached E-Flyer (jpg format) to be included in your School Newsletter. Online enrolment is at the following link:

Our Winter School Holiday Workshops are located at the following locations:

  • BRICKS 4 KIDZ City West @ West Perth

Thank-you. If you have questions, please contact us.

Best Regards,

Rachel Koo & The Bricks 4 Kidz Team

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School Holiday Clinics

School Holiday Athletics Clinic for boys and girls aged 8 to 16 years. Tues 5th & Wed 6th July 2022 . WA Athletics Stadium. 9am-3pm. $95 per day. Or $170 for both days. Includes a T-Shirt or Shoe Bag or Cap and also a certificate. CHOOSE ANY 4 EVENTS PER DAY! More Info:

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School Term Dates

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022

Pupil Free Dates

Term 3: Monday, 18 July, Thursday, 22 September and Friday, 23 September (Catholic Day)

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am