St. Columba's Primary School


"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

What a great day for our students on Monday as they celebrated St Columba Day with the students from St Columba’s Bayswater. Even though there was rain and water everywhere, the students from both schools had a great day. A huge thank you to the P&F for organising the sausage sizzle. It went down really well with students on such a cold and wet day.

Also many thanks to the staff who organised the day. The day ran very, very smoothly,.

Congratulations to our Year Six students who made their Confirmation on Saturday night at St Columba’s Church. The Mass was beautiful and the children involved in the various parts of the Mass read and responded extremely well.

Many thanks to Mr Popadynec and Mrs Robinson for organising.

Given the number of students who have been off sick over the last couple of weeks I would ask that if your child is exhibiting signs of illness that they are kept home to try and avoid passing the illness onto other students and staff.

God Bless

Allen McMahon


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On 8 June, the Year 6's made their Confirmation. The candidates went to the back of the church to get their stoles, necklaces and Confirmation cards. They then had their professional photos taken at the altar. At the start of Mass, the Year 6's took their place at the back of the church and walked in together to their dedicated pews. Then some of the students read their readings, assisted by some Parish candidates. After that, they went up for the renewal of their Baptismal Promises and the Laying of the Hands. The most important part of the ceremony was when the Year 6's walked up with their sponsors to be anointed by Monsignor. Some of the candidates then went up to read the Prayer of the Faithful. Everyone received Communion and Mass was over. The candidates received their certificates and photos were taken. At the end of the evening, they went to the Parish Centre to receive their beautiful cupcake and water. It was a wonderful evening.

By Charlotte and Guinevere

What a Week!

We've had a big week!

Our Year 6 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday evening. We thank the Parish and the teachers for preparing the children; and all the families, sponsors, parishioners, teachers and friends who came along to support the children.

Despite the wet weather on Monday we had great fun with our friends from Bayswater on our St Columba's Day.

Important Dates

Friday 14 June

  • Interschool Cross Country at Tompkins Park - Selected Years 3 to 6 Students
  • Winter Sports 2pm to 3pm - Years 5 and 6

Sunday 16 June

  • Trinity Sunday

Wednesday 19 June

  • APSMO Olympiad Competition Senior LEAP

Thursday 20 June

  • First Holy Communion Rehearsal at 9am

Friday 21 June

  • Year 2C Assembly
  • Winter Sports - 2pm to 3pm - Years 5 and 6

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last week's Merit Award recipients.

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 21June 2019

Year 1B: Kevin and Michaela

Year 1O: Raphaella

Year 2C: Carmen and Isabelle

Year 2F: Annabelle and Ciara

Year 3B: Rainer and Genevieve

Year 3P: George and Joel

Year 4: Larston and Isabella

Year 5: Matilda P

Year 6: Madeleine and Layla

Code of Conduct

The 12th and final statement in our Code of Conduct says:

We conduct ourselves in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to our relationship with the school community.

This means that our relationship with other members of the school community, is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship.

A breach of this statement includes but is not limited to a staff member or parent failing to report the unlawful or unsafe conduct of others and a student misusing or stealing school resources.

Confirmation Choir

A huge thank you to those students who provided the music for Confirmation on Saturday night. It was great to have so many students supporting our Year 6's who were confirmed.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Wellness Week - Thank You

We would like to extend our thanks to Muoi Lam, Belinda Hill and Shalini McCullough for supporting our Wellness Week initiatives by contributing their time, ideas and resources. Well-being strategies are being embedded in the classroom and at home.

Lost and Found Property

Over the weekend please take the time to check that all your children's school uniform items are clearly named. This assists with the return of found items. It also gives the opportunity for any items that may not belong to your child/ren to be returned.

Artist of the Week

Chloe from Year 4 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen because of her spectacular piece depicting the South Perth Foreshore, which was inspired by the work of Sally Morgan. Chloe's favourite thing about her artwork is the sunset. She loves Sally Morgan's art as she has her own style. Chloe likes art because she gets to be creative.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Max from Year 4 is the Musician of the Week. Max plays the drums. He has been learning the drums for six months. His favourite performance is when he played 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'. His favourite piece is 'In the air tonight'. His teacher is Reggie. In the future, Max would like to continue learning the drums. His other hobbies include soccer and karate.

Layla and Skyla

Arts Ministry

Kindy 2020 and 2021 - Inviting Waiting List Applications

If you know of a family still interested, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: Call (08) 6436 9500 or email

Fun in the Library During Lunchtime!

This is the last week of Lego Masters with the winner being announced at Friday's Assembly. Students have done a great job working well together and coming up with unique designs. A guest who is a Lego expert has been invited to choose the most innovated design.

Library Roster for Next Week:

Monday 17June - Parent Volunteer Needed Please

Wednesday 19 June - Nicole Baroni

Scholastic Book Club - Orders Due 17 June

Scholastic Book Club orders are due back to the office no later than Monday 17 June. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to made via LOOP.

Alice Shaw

Book Club Coordinator

Recycling Tip of the Week

Swap your high plastic packaging yogurt containers for a big tub of yoghurt. Decant your serving size into a leak proof container to fit into your lunch box. You are not only minimising the waste but you will be saving money. Buying bulk means a saving to your family.

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

St Columba's Recycling Team

Thank You to our Parents and Friends

This week Upper Primary classes would like to thank the P&F for the generous support for the the funds to make the purchases as shown below.

Year 4:

Thank you for your generous donations which allow teachers to purchase resources for their classrooms. The Year Four students and teachers are very grateful. This year, the Year Four class has acquired two items: One is a box of connecting shapes, allowing students to use fine-motor skills and creative processes to build structures. The other is the “Oz-Box”, a curriculum-linked reading and comprehension programme that facilitates independent learning. Both items are welcome additions to our classroom.

Year 5:

The children in Year 5 are loving Genius Hour and the ability to collaborate, problem solve and create! With the generosity of the P&F we were able to purchase a whiteboard table and stools. A whiteboard table is a creative way to learn and share ideas, allowing students to communicate visually as well as verbally. Year 5 would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the P&F. Thank you!

Year 6:

The Year 6 Class would like to thank the P&F for $500 which was used to buy 22 whiteboards and 22 erasers that will be used during Maths sessions, a bluetooth speaker that will be used to listen to audio books, and two stand-up tables that will be used as creative work stations in the classroom. We are looking forward to using these wonderful resources. We are so excited!

Managing Your Child's Anxiety - Webinar

Join Michael Grose in this webinar where he will help parents better understand the nature of anxiety, equip them to recognise it in children, and provide practical tools to help children and young people manage and minimise their anxious states.


Tuesday 25 June 2019 8:00pm AEST. If you are unable to make the scheduled time you can simply register and access the recording later.

How you can register:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code ANXIETY and click ‘Apply Coupon’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click ‘Place Order’

This voucher code is valid until 25 July 2019, so we encourage you to redeem it right away to secure your free webinar.


Manna Food Relief Program

The P&F are organising a food and essentials collection to support the Manna Food Relief Program. All items donated will be included in food relief hampers for families in need of emergency basic supplies. Baskets will be placed in each classroom from tomorrow, Friday 14 June, and will be collected on Monday1 July (Week 10).

Each class have been allocated a different item as indicated below.

  • Year 6 : Long Life Milk
  • Year 5: Long Life Juice (no glass bottles please)
  • Year 4: Packet Biscuits/Crackers
  • Year 3B: Rice (Small Bags) and Pasta (Family pack)
  • Year 3P: Cereal (Nut Free)
  • Year 2C: Tin Soup
  • Yeaer 2F: Tin Foods Meat and Vegetables
  • Year 1O: Children’s Soap
  • Year 1B: Children’s Shampoo
  • Pre-Primary B: Fruit Cups/Children Snack Packs
  • Pre-Primary F: Muesli Bars (Nut Free)
  • Kindy O: First Aid Supplies (Bandaids, Antiseptic Creams etc)
  • Kindy B: Suncream, Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Pre-Kindy: Cup Noodles/Soup Packet (No cook, “just add water” type of meals please.)

Manna have also indicated that they are also seeking donations of new socks for kids or adults. Feel free to put these in your class basket as well if you’d like to contribute a little extra.

We thank you for your kind donations and support of this program. A small effort from us will have a huge impact on families in need.

Term 3 Car Bay Raffle

The Car Bay for Term 3 raffle is here again.

Please look for your class reps to purchase tickets ready for your bay next term. Tickets one for $2 or 3 for $5.

Drawn on the last week of the term.

Retro Music Bingo - Friday 13 September


Doors will open at 7pm. Get your outfits ready. Start thinking about your table and invite as many friends you like, even from outside the school. More people - more fun!

Watch this space for more details.

Student Banking - Thursday Mornings

A reminder that Student Banking is held very Thursday morning before school in the library from 8:15am. Thank you to Mrs Vanessa Wainwright for coordinating this for our students.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

The bye rounds are upon us and if recent years are anything to go by it often wreaks havoc for tipsters. It didn’t pose a problem for Annabelle K with a perfect tipping round.

All the best for the next 2 rounds

Round 12 Results: Anniecrows18 – Annabelle K with 6 correct tips and margin of 19 points.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 73

2. Scarymans - Mark S - 68

3. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 68

4. The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D - 67

5. Kennedy17- Christian P - 67

6. Binns Clan – David B - 67

7. O’Eagle – Oliver P - 67

8. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 67

9. Goal Sneak - Todd D - 67

10. R-K-S Rob B - 66

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Soklich & Co. Schools Design Competition

The staff and Students of St. Columba’s Catholic Primary School, thank you for participating in this years Soklich & Co. Schools Design Competition. To vote for your favourite design, please follow this link to the Facebook Voting Page. To vote in person you are welcome to visit us at Soklich & Co. Jewellers, Shop 2, 61 Angelo Street, South Perth. Good luck to your students, and well done for becoming finalists in the competition.

Lexie Soklich

Basketball School Program at St Columba's

Redhage Basketball School Program is commencing in Term 3 at St Columba's. Commencing 5 August to 16 September for Year's 1 to 6. Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. For further information or to register follow the link below.

St Columba's South Perth Registration Link