St. Columba's Primary School


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We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. Bless us as we start this new term with our friends and teachers. Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this school term remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again. Help us to forgive others as we receive your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together. Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

I trust that you all had a wonderful school holiday. It's lovely to see the children back, happy and ready for an exciting term.

This morning we held a NAIDOC assembly, where each year group shared a learning journey relating to their Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander curriculum of work. We thank Kerry-Ann Winmar for the Welcome to Country.

Welcome back to Mr Popadynec after long service leave - good to see you back at school Steve!

Our sympathy to the Josephite Sisters on the passing of Sr Maureen O'Connor, the last Order Principal of our school. May Sr Maureen rest in peace.

The P&F's Retro Bingo is fast approaching on 7 August - be sure to book your tickets! It's a great opportunity to dress up and have some fun as a community.

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Merit award winners - Friday, 30 July

Year 1G - Oscar, Eloise

Year 1W - Archer, Vangeli

Year 2G - Sophia, Oscar

Year 2W - Noah V, Amaia, Stella

Year 3G - Lachlan

Year 3W - Emily

Year 4G - Ruby, Mateo

Year 4W - Sophie

Year 5G - Eamon, Alexa

Year 5W - William, Tatiana

Year 6 - Saheli, Ethan

Important dates

Monday, 26 July - Catholic Performing Arts Piano Solos

Friday, 30 July - Year 5W Assembly

Friday, 30 July & Saturday, 31 July - Robocup - Select Year 5&6

Monday, 2 August - Catholic Performing Arts - Christian Dance Year 1

Tuesday, 3 August - Lifelink Project Assembly - Pyjama Day - Gold Coin Donation

Tuesday, 3 August - P&F Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, 4 August - Catholic Performing Arts - Choral Speech Year 2

Thursday, 5 August - Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Mass

Friday, 6 August - AMC (Australian Maths Competition) Registered Students - 9am

Saturday, 7 August - P&F Retro Bingo

Term's notice for withdrawals - Pre-Kindy to Year 5

To assist us with planning for next year, please advise the office if your child is not returning to St Columba’s next year (if you haven’t already done so). Families are obliged to provide at least one term’s notice in writing of their intention to remove a child from the school, otherwise a full term’s fees may be charged. For children leaving the school, please indicate which school they will be attending next year.

Canteen - Week commencing 28 July

Wednesday -

Thursday - Lexie Soklich

Friday - Zoey Jensen

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via email.

Library Roster - Week commencing 26 July

Monday - Christine Khose

Wednesday - Chia Sim

Scholastic Book Club

Online orders are due by 4 August 2021.

"Oops, we printed the wrong year on our Issue 5 Book Club. Rest assured the catalogue is filled with the latest Book Club hot titles from 2021".

Canteen Term 3 Menu

Parish News

First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Pope’s video will be played at all Masses: Sat Vigil at 6pm and Sunday at 7.30am & 9.30am. All welcome.

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

The DOSCA Tipping competition has been eventful over the holiday break, we have had a change at the top of the leader board and three different rounds winners.

Round 16 Winner

Todd D (Goal Sneak) scoring 7 and a 42 point margin

Round 17 Winner

Matthew S (Matt Smith) scoring 5 and a 15 point margin

Round 18 Winner

Lorraine J (LorJen) scoring 8 and a 43 point margin

Current Leader Board

91 points - Todd D (Goal Sneak)

91 points - David B (Binns Clan)

90 points - Ben B (BenBristow18)

87 points - Paul I (Iuliano Family)

86 points Scarlett H (The Hill Family), Roger L (Aflawton), Mark S (Scarymans)

Round 19 starts Friday night with Port Adelaide and Collingwood.

Keep safe and well and happy tipping.

Todd Dawson

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Christmas Fair News

Fair News

We’ve had an overwhelming response to our call for Market stall retailers. We have over 40 market and food vendors coming so the market space is going to be amazing with so many fabulous small businesses and local creatives coming to join us. The fair is going to be your one stop shop for Christmas shopping, so make sure all your friends and family have it marked off in their calendars.


Books and Toys

Who doesn’t love a good clear out?

We are looking for good condition second hand books, toys and games. The P&F plastic tubs will be placed in each classroom so please have a look around your home and donate what you can. We will be collecting them all this term.


Calling all green thumbs!

We will be having a plant sale at the fair. Get the kids out in the garden and pot up some plants now so they are rooted and ready to sell by November. I ask for every family in the school to donate at least one plant.

Appreciate everyone’s support

Brooke Pink

Orchestral Mass 2021

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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 3 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 11 August at 7pm

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 3: Friday, 20 August

Term 4: Monday, 11 October