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

Thank you to the many families who attended the UR STRONG Friendship Workshop last week, to our Assistant Principals Ondine and Susannah for arranging this opportunity, and to the staff who were also able to attend. It was really great to see the interaction between children and parents and as always St Columba’s is committed to your child’s social and emotional development.

The School Board invites you to have your say during this consultation phase for the School Strategic Plan 2019-2021. Similarly, the P&F survey invites you comment on events that interest you. Both links are in the newsletter.

The deadline to enrol your child for Kindergarten interviews for 2020 and 2021 is TOMORROW (Friday 29 March) – please be sure to get your Application for Enrolment forms in. Interviews will be held in the first few weeks of Term 2.

Tomorrow is the last day to receive the discount on school fees paid in full.

We have a new requirement by Government to report on the immunisation status of all students. Families need to supply the school with an up to date Immunisation History Statement for each child attending St Columba's. Please follow the directions in the newsletter on how to access this information.

Parent and Carer / Teacher interviews will be conducted over the last two weeks of Term 1. An email will be sent out to families with logon details for you to arrange an interview time. The link is also available on our school website under PTO.

Thank you to Jonelle Beveridge (Premier Studios), one of our St Columba’s mums, for the series of beautiful photos of our school! We will feature them in our newsletter and on Facebook for you all to enjoy.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

Important Dates for Next Week

Monday 1 April

  • Kindergarten Speech Screening Commences
  • Parent Teacher Interviews Commence
  • Circle of Security with Hilary Campos - 6pm to 9pm - Fr Brennan Centre

Friday 5 April

  • Year 5 Assembly at 8:50am

Saturday 6 April

  • DOSC's Camp Out

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients last Friday.

Merit Award Recipients - 5 April Assembly

Year 1B - Arabella

Year 1O - Harry

Year 2C - Carmen, Isiah

Year 2F - Florence, Sophie

Year 3B - Chloe, JoshuaK

Year 3P - Alexa, Cassandra, Lily

Year 4D - Teresa, Finley

Year 5B - Paige

Year 6P - Sienna M

St Columba's Code of Conduct

This week we look at Statement 5, from our Code of Conduct.

‘You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.’

Two examples of staff complying with this statement are when they show respect for the different backgrounds and traditions of students and they respond timeously to reasonable requests.

Students adhere to this statement when they show respect for a person’s ethnicity and gender and use respectful language towards others. A student encouraging inappropriate behaviour from students with disabilities would be a breach of this statement.

Parents adhere to this statement when they use appropriate language during teacher/parent interviews and when they have regard for and are supportive of staff in relation to our school policies.

Friendly Reminder - Student Immunisation History Statements Required

All families are requested to supply the school with an updated immunisation record for each of their children. Thank you to the many families that have forwarded their Immunisation History Statement to date.

The Immunisation History Statement can be accessed in several ways.

  1. Print a copy of your (or your child's) Immunisation History Statement using your Medicare online account through myGov or Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
  2. Call the AIR on 1800 653 809 and request a copy be posted to you.
  3. Email

The forms can be emailed to, or handed in to the School Office.

Your attention to this request by the end of this term will be very much appreciated.

Full Family Detail Forms - Due Back to the Office

It is imperative that these forms are checked and returned to the school office as they are a confirmation that all details stored on the school database are correct or changes to be made. If there are no changes the form is still required to be returned to the school office with your initials confirming details are correct.

The forms were sent home with family school fee statements earlier this term.

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Don't Delay - Have Your Say Now!

Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021

We are currently in the consultation phase for the development of our school strategic plan for 2019 - 2021. It is a once in 3-year opportunity to have your say on the direction and priorities for the school, child learning, and our community.

The survey can be accessed via the following link. .

You can also scan the QR reader to begin the survey.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and closes on Friday 5 April 2019.

All feedback will be collated and Committee will communicate the results and how this information will inform the strategic direction and plan for the school.

We would love to hear from the majority, if not all the families in the school community.

Strategic Plan Committee

Kindergarten Enrolment 2021 - Close TOMORROW!

Applications for Kindergarten are now being received to attend in 2021.To attend Kindergarten in 2021 your child needs to have been born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Please submit your completed application form, together with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and Immunisation records to the school office.

Application for Enrolment forms are available from the School Website and the school office.

Project Compassion - 100% Hope

Michaela from Alice Springs, Australia

Twenty-one year-old Michaela is helping to build a social enterprise for people with chronic illnesses at The Purple House in Alice Springs. Featured in Project Compassion 2014, the First Australian-run Wellbeing Program, uses its profits to connect and care for dialysis patients who are far from home.

“Hope means having something to look forward to. I enjoy building relationships with the patients and learning from them. If we keep our culture alive we can feel strong.”

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

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National Young Leaders' Day 2019

On Monday, the Year 6's left at 8:45am from the South Perth Ferry Terminal, boarded a ferry and travelled to Elizabeth Quay. They arrived and headed to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre where the Leaders’ Day was being held.

First, we went to the auditorium where we saw the hosts, Liv Phyland and DJ RAF. Akram Azimi talk about his life and leadership qualities. Then it was recess. After recess, we went back to the auditorium where the next two speakers spoke.

The second speaker, Jade Slayer, was from the Cottonon Foundation who talked to us about the work they are doing. The third speaker was Leisel Jones, a 9-time Olympic medallist and 4-time Olympian. She spoke to us about her 3 set rule for achieving goals.

Next, we had lunch and got to meet some of the speakers and hosts. Then we went back to listen to the final speaker, Matt Cosgrove, who is an author and illustrator. We had to leave at 2:10pm to get to the ferry and travel back to school.

We all arrived at school and all the Year 6s thoroughly enjoyed the day!

By Charlotte and Guinevere

Musician of the Week

Madeleine, in Year 6, is the Musician of the Week. Madeleine plays the guitar. She has been playing the guitar for 3 years and 8 weeks. Her teacher is Ms Winata. Her favourite piece is 'Shallow'. She is also in the guitar ensemble. Her favourite performance is the end of year Christmas concert. In the future Maddie would like to play the bagpipes. She has also sung in the choir for 3 years and in the chamber choir for 2 years.

Skyla and Layla

Year Art Ministers

Artist of the Week

Celeste from Year 5 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen because of her beautiful patterned wing art. Celeste loves to create things. She thinks of it as her passion. Her favourite type of art is free drawing. She likes to draw people and cute animals. To make her patterned wing artwork Celeste used lead pencil, white gel pens and thin and thick white markers. Celeste likes her patterned wing art because she gets to use her imagination. She also likes the bottom part because it has a rainbow of different patterns that looks like a sun.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

URSTRONG Workshops

The URSTRONG workshops provided invaluable lessons as the children learnt how to stand up for themselves, identify ‘mean on purpose’ behaviour and manage friendship fires.

Children were encouraged to name the action, say how it makes them feel and then ask what they need for the problem to be resolved. They also role-played scenarios of how to give a ‘quick comeback’ and walk away, disempowering the other person.

With lots of practice and support from both teachers and parents, our students will learn the lifelong skills and strategies to manage their friendship fires.

Next Weeks Library Roster

Monday 1 April - Natalie Low

Wednesday 3 April - Sheridan Andrews

If you would like to help in the Library with shelving books on Monday's or Wednesday's for approximately 30 minutes at 8:50am or 2:30pm in Term 2, please visit Sandra or Alice in the Library. Below is the Parent Library Helper form.

Beautiful Photos of Our School

Jonelle Beveridge, one of our St Columba’s mums, has taken a series of beautiful photos of our school for us all to enjoy! They will brighten our newsletter and marketing material.

The family’s business, Premier Studio, create photographic family portraits that can take pride of place in homes for many years to come.

Thank you Jonelle!

St Columba's Running Club - Returning Term 2

Running Club is recommencing at St Columba’s next term from Week 2. All information from Perth Running Club will be available next week’s newsletter.


What Events Interest You? Survey by TOMORROW!

The P&F Committee are keen to hear your feedback and interest in possible upcoming events for the school. We would be most grateful if you could please complete the below survey (one per family) by next Friday, 29 March. It should only take 3 minutes to complete.

If your surname starts with A to M, please use the following link:

If your surname starts with N to Z, please use the following link:

Thank you so much for your feedback!

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

After many unexpected results in Round 0ne of the AFL 2019 season, our Round One winner is Naso Knows (Mel N). Congratulations.

Top 10 Tippers Ladder:

1. Naso Knows (Mel N) 5

2. Iuliano Family (Paul I) 5

3. Eagle Duke (Duke D) 5

4. R-K-S (Rob B) 4

5. Freo Donovan (Pat D) 4

6. Kennedy 17 (Christian P) 4

7. BWoodhouse1 (Barry W) 4

8. The Mighty De's (Neilsen D) 4

9. The Palermo's (Davide P) 4

10. Freo 19 (Rod D) 4

Don't forget to have your tips in for Round 2's first match by 4.20pm Thursday, Tigers vs Magpies.

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

DOSC's Camp Out - Forms in TOMORROW!

When: Saturday 6 April

Where: Lower Oval, St Columba's Primary School

Cost: $15 per Family (Cash Only to the School Office with RSVP.)

For all the details please see the form below along with the RSVP form that is to be completed and returned to the School Office (with cash payment) no later than tomorrow for organisational purposes.

If you would like any further information on the Camp Out please contact Dave Palermo on 0412249002 or email:

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.


Mercedes College 2019 Production of 'Wicked'

Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is proudly presented by the students of Mercedes College. Coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August. Tickets are available at Ticketek. For further information please visit the college website.

Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

Workshops with Lego bricks at Karrinyup, Midland and Gosnells. For further information contact Rachel on 0415829511 or email

Redhage Basketball School Holiday Basketball Camp

15 April to 18 April at Lords Recreation Centre, Subiaco, for girls and boys aged 7 to 13. All details available on the website or email Shawn on

Kids Clay Classes - School Holiday Workshops

Exciting classes for kids and teenagers starting 28 March. Lots to choose from: Dogs & Cats & Other Pets, Handbruilding Cups & Bowls, Explorers of Ancient Egypt, Dinosaur Adventrues, Wheel-throwing Fun, Sculpture for Teens and Underwater World. For further details please visit the website.

Hullabaloo Kids Music

Hullabaloo is about creating an environment for kids to feel, laugh and learn through music. 1 hour a week of musical education and entertainment for kids aged two and a half and four and a half at John McGrath Pavilion, South Perth. For further information please contact Leonie for more information, 0412592104

Universal Dance and Performance

Offering fun filled dance classes for children 2 to 16 years of age. Jazz, ballet, hop hop, contemporary, tap, musical theatre, acrobatics and toddler classes. Contact details: mobile 0428770198 or email

Behavoiur Tonics Parent Workshops

123 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent workshops held over three evenings, Monday 1 April, Thursday 4 April and Monday 8 April from 7pm to 9pm. Further details please visit the website.

Kensington PCYC - Kids Yoga

Free come and try session on Monday 29 April. 6 to 8 year olds from 4pm to 4:30pm, and 9 to 12 year olds from 4:30pm to 5pm at Kensington PCYC, 51 Anketell Street, Kensington. Website.

Team Tennis WA Easter School Holiday Tennis Program 2019

At Hensman Park Tennis Club, South Perth on Monday 15 April to Friday 19 April from 9am to 12pm. 3 to 13 years of age St Columba's students will receive a special 10% discount and all they have to do is mention the flyer! Please contact Mark Leuba at for all the details.