St. Columba's Primary School


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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

Dear Parents and Carers

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.

Term Dates

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.

God bless,

Allen McMahon


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Artist of the week

The Artists of the Week are our wonderful Art Ministers, Cerise and Sarina! Thank you for all your support and hard work as our leaders this year.

Mrs Govorko

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.

Mrs McDonald

Carols Night

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.

Mrs McDonald

Instrumental Concert

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.

Mrs McDonald

Have you placed your uniform order?

Our uniform supplier, Nell Grey, is encouraging families to place uniform orders during Term 4 to avoid delays and long queues in January. Click on the link below to refer to the 2021 uniform requirements.
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P&F Fundraising: Entertainment Membership

Purchase an Entertainment Membership and save during the holidays! Plus, you will be helping to support our fundraiser. With every purchase we receive an extra $10 or $20 on top of the 20% we already receive.
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Canteen helpers

Thank you to all of the canteen volunteers and Rita and Maria.

A reminder the canteen is closed for tomorrow.

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Parish News

School Booklists

To be collected 28th January 2021 at 8am from the undercover area.

School banking

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.

Mercedes College

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 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