St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 3 | 18 FEBRUARY 2021
Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your will by becoming man
and giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You, by following his example of suffering
and make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
Week 3 was another fabulous week. It was lovely to see all the smiling faces of staff and parents as we started the week mask free!
Last Thursday, we celebrated our opening school Mass as a whole school community. Our Year 6 students pledged their commitment to our school to guide us through the year and the Student Leaders received their leadership badges. One of the highlights for me was welcoming our Year 1 students to their first whole school Mass and what a beautiful job they did of sitting and listening. The speech from our Head Boy, Christian Perkis, and Head Girl, Scarlett Hill, was a great reminder of what leadership should look like at St Columba’s. Their speech encouraged us all to set goals and strive to be the best we can be. I have challenged the staff to lead by example and set goals for themselves this year. Therefore, as parents and caregivers, what are the goals you plan on setting this year?
This leads perfectly into the beginning of Lent. Lent started this week with Ash Wednesday with students in Year 4 and 5 participating in Mass, while our Year 1 to 3 students held a Liturgy in the Kalyara Mia. During Lent we are asked to demonstrate that we are trying to be a better friend of Jesus and to help all of us get ready for Easter. So that we can get to know Jesus better we are called to spend more time in prayer and reflection. We are also asked to fast from something that is keeping us from being the kind of person that Jesus wants us to be and to help those who are in need.
On Tuesday, I farewelled a very excited group of Year 6 students, teachers and parents as they ventured off for a fun filled four day camp at Fairbridge. This camp is an important part of the Year 6 journey and is a great opportunity for our students to foster lasting friendships. Students participated in activities that enhanced their team building and leadership skills. As a newcomer to the St Columba’s school community, I was very impressed with our Year 6 cohort and I would like to thank the students for the outstanding behaviour and willingness to ‘have-a-go’ at some challenging activities. A big thank you also to Ms Purvis, Mr Beins, Mrs Jas, Mrs Caré and Mr McKenzie for assisting with camp.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend!
Parents on Campus
Parents are expected to depart the school grounds in the morning at the ringing of the bell. Similarly, parents are requested to arrive no earlier than 3.00pm when collecting a child at the end of the day. Please do not sit outside the classrooms in the afternoon as it is becoming quite noisy and unsettling for students and teachers.
I strongly encourage parents and caregivers to utilise the Kiss and Drive option or meet children at the gates. This year, the only gates that will be open to families will be the tennis court gates and the side gate on Alexandra Street. Please be aware the gate between the office and tennis courts will only be for staff access. Please remember that walking through the Kiss and Drive during drop off and pick up is not allowed.
Staff will not be available to supervise students crossing the road after school. Parental supervision is required if necessary.
A reminder is given to all parents, caregivers and visitors that you must sign in at the Admin Office outside normal school times and scan the SafeWA QR code. If a child needs to be collected early, please come to the Admin Office to sign your child out and one of our lovely Admin staff members will collect your child from the classroom.
Siblings to apply for Kindy enrolment 2023
Application for enrolment is now open for children due to commence Kindy in 2023 (born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019).
Siblings of students already enrolled in the school are required to have an application for enrolment completed, which can be found on our website.
Please submit your application for enrolment along with copies of the required documents. Online is our preferred method, or you can email, post or drop the documentation at the office.
The pre-enrolment information must also be provided at the same time as your application. The $50 non-refundable application fee is paid via EFTPOS at the office or over the phone.
School fees will be sent to all families via email in the next couple of weeks. Please ensure that your email address is correct to ensure that you receive your fee statement. If you hold a current Health Care Card, please bring this to the office for photocopying and complete a current 2021 form.
Musician of the week
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Day. It is a traditional day before the start of Lent. Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter and was traditionally a time of fasting. On Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.
St Patricks Day - March 17th
St Vinnies' Appeal
Canteen Helpers Roster
Wednesday - Julie Hyde
Thursday - Jay Wood
Friday - Alayna Fleming
If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise our office immediately via phone or email.
If you would like to be a canteen helper please complete this form and return to the office or canteen.
Kindy and PP parents invited to meet our social worker
Come and meet Hillary our social worker and find out about forthcoming Circle of Security Workshops and how she can support students and families.
MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
9 am - 10 am in KALYARA MIA
Register to attend via
Parents and Friends
P & F Representatives are required for all year levels. If you would like to be a class representative can you please inform the class teacher or email Lara Tulett firstname.lastname@example.org
COST $5 per student. AS NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN, please ensure the correct money is put into the envelope.
Forms and money must be in by Tuesday, 2 March.
If anyone is interested in volunteering this year to contact me on email@example.com or my mobile 0439639068
We have 6 very loyal volunteers but the more the better!
Registrations for our Little Stingers (pre-primary) and Auskick (year 1 and 2) programs at South Perth Junior Football Club (SPJFC) are now open! If you are yet to register your child, please do so here: https://spjfc.org.au/register/
At SPJFC we conduct and promote junior Australian Rules Football for girls and boys in and around the South Perth area. Last year, we had a number of children from your school play with us and we'd love to see more of you down the club.
Auskick provides the best introduction for kids into the world of Australian Rules Football. Auskick is inclusive for everyone, no matter if you know the game of not, and we provide a fun, safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
We are currently forming teams so please register without delay.
If you have an interest in coaching your child's team this season please drop our Registrar an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No prior experience necessary :)
Please drop me a line if you have any queries.
Mercedes Open Day
If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus or to enrol online. Please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 if you require further information.
Tuesday, 23 February at 7pmTuesday, 23 March at 7pm
Tuesday, 11 May at 7pm
Tuesday, 15 June at 7pm
Tuesday, 10 August at 7pm
Tuesday, 7 September at 7pm
Tuesday, 26 October at 7pm
School Advisory Meetings
Wednesday, 24 March at 7pm
Friday 19 February - Year 6 Camp Returns.
Monday, 22 February - Meet the Social Worker - Kindy and Pre Primary Parents 9am
Wednesday, 24 February - School Advisory Committee Meeting at 7pm
Monday, 1 March - Public Holiday Labour Day - No School
Tuesday, 2 March - CAPSS Cricket Tompkins Park Year 5 and 6 - 9am-2pm
Friday, 5 March - Year 4W Assembly
Friday, 5 March - P&F School Disco
School Term Dates
Term 2: Tuesday 20 April to Thursday 1 July
Term 3: Tuesday 20 July to Friday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 12 October to Friday 10 December
Pupil Free Days
Term 2: Monday 19 April
Term 3: Tuesday 8 June, Friday 2 July, Monday 19 July
Term 4: Monday 11 October