St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 9 | 10 DECEMBER 2020
At the end of this school year we give thanks to God: For all the teaching and learning that has taken place in our school, both in and out of the classroom, For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges that have been faced; For the burdens that have been lifted and the hurts that have been healed; For the respect and care that has been given. We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown. For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles, For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days And for the love that has kept us going. We give thanks for the community that we are, and we ask you Lord - Bless our students, may your Spirit inspire them with confidence and calmness Bless our families as we take our holidays, may our time together leave us with memories to cherish. Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together .
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
Message form the Principal
Our year has flown by and we now have only one day of school left.
We farewell Mrs Bettell, Mrs Carbone, Mrs MacBride and Mrs Malarkey as they are leaving St Columba’s. We wish them all the best with their future endeavours. We welcome Mrs Danielle, Mrs Celedin, Mrs Seaber, Mr Beins, Mrs Dundas, Mrs Santelli, Miss Komorowski and Mrs Jas to our school staff in 2021. We welcome back from maternity leave, Mrs Van der Bijl. Please find attached the staffing list for 2021.
I will be away for the 2021 school year on secondment to the Geraldton region and Mrs Rebecca Clarke will be the Acting Principal in my absence.
Many thanks to Monsignor O’Loughlin, Mr Popadynec and Miss Purvis for organising our end of year Thanksgiving Mass. It was a very moving occasion with the announcement of the student leaders for 2021 and the hand over from the 2020 student leaders to the 2021 student leaders. Apologies to Bridie Celedin and Amanda Real who were inadvertently left out of the Leaders 2021 announcement.
Congratulations to all Year 5 students who nominated for positions. The school looks forward to the Year 6 class of 2021 leading by example. It was also the last time the 2021 Year 6 class will attend Mass in the church as a class group. A big thank you to all the parents and carers who made time to attend the Mass.
Student Leaders 2021:
Head Boy - Christian Perkis
Head Girl - Scarlett Hill
Liturgy Officer - Scarlett Capes
Gold Captains - Finley Kucan and Max Stephenson
Red Captains - Ethan Boytt and Lola Wong
Green Captains - Isabella McKenzie and Grace Edmondson
Communications Officers - Grace Breuer and Larston Dharma
Environmental Officers - Bridie Celedin and Amanda Real
Visual Arts Officers - Holly Stanwix and Sophia McPhie
Music Officers - Chloe Rimington and Saheli de Silva
Staffing in 2021 - see the PDF download in the newsletter
I would like to thank the school community for the support shown last Friday night for the Student Carols Night. There was a huge turn out and the students sang beautifully thanks to the efforts of Mrs McDonald and Mr Moore. It was a wonderful community night.
To those families who are leaving St. Columba’s, we thank you for your help and support throughout your time here and I wish you God’s blessings with your future endeavours.
St Columba’s staff are also to be acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to our students throughout 2021. Many hours outside of school hours are given by the staff in preparing lessons for the students.
Congratulations to all students for their efforts and achievements over the year. These endeavours were reflected in the students’ reports being available for viewing from tonight.
The school Board and P&F are to be commended and thanked for the work they have put into supporting the school community throughout 2021.
A special thank you to the office staff Mrs Jenaway, Mrs Creek, Mrs Foster and Mrs Griffin who are the quiet achievers with the amount of work they manage to get through in a week.
Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped with school activities throughout the year. Your help is very much appreciated. It is this help and involvement that gives St. Columba’s such a great community spirit. A special thank you must go to Maria and Rita and the regular volunteers in the canteen and who provide valuable assistance each week.
Please note, Term Four concludes for students tomorrow. School resumes for students, on Monday February 1, 2021.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our school community a Happy and Holy Christmas.
Musician of the week
Our Musicians Of The Week are our Year 6 Music Ministry, Edith Johnson and Kara Verall. I would like to thank Edith and Kara for all they have done for the students and myself. I really appreciate the time and care you took with our musicians of the week and the Ukulelele club. I will miss you and wish you well in high school.
Congratulations to all of our students, Friday night's Carol Concert was brilliant. It was great to start the Christmas season with our whole community together. Thank you to our students, staff and parents for assisting with setting up, packing away and most importantly, for all of the Christmas cheer with your music.
Thank you to all of our musicians who performed at today's concert. I can see you have achieved a lot this year. A special thank you to all of our Instrumental tutors. I know how proud you are of your students.
Have you placed your uniform order?
P&F Fundraising: Entertainment Membership
We would like to thank Lisa Peterson for many years of her time volunteering for Commbank student banking programme and for co ordinating everything over the last few years. We wish her all the best for the new school and really appreciate all your efforts. We will miss you.
In 2021 Michelle Weldon and Bronwyn Kaye will be taking over the role.
Thank you to all the volunteers for your contributions this year.
Soda and Pop Dance
Get Active Sports
Finalist for Soklich & Co. Student Jewellery Design Competition
Vote for our finalist Dinuli K - Class 2 G
Soklich & Co. had a great response from many talented children submitting some amazing entries into the competition, which made it very difficult to decide the finalists. Soklich & Co are delighted to showcase the six student finalist drawings. These designs are now open for voting and professional designs are currently been sketched. To vote for your favourite design visit the store on Angelo Street or comment on the post on Facebook. Voting ends Sunday 13 December 2020.
INTERVIEWS FOR ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7 2024 are being conducted early next year for any students wishing to attend Mercedes College. If you have forgotten to enrol your daughter, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An applicable form may be downloaded from the College website. If you are still interested in ENROLMENTS FOR 2021 we have limited places available, please submit your application form as soon as possible.
School Term Dates 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December
Important Dates 2020
Term 4 Concludes for Students - Tomorrow
School Office reopens - Thursday, 28th January 2021
Students commence - Monday, 1st February 2021
Whole School Mass - Thursday, 4th February 2021
EDU-Dance Commences - Thursday, 4th February 2021
P & F Welcome to School Picnic - Sunday, 7th February 2021