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

This Sunday is an exciting day for students in Year 4 as they will be making their First Holy Communion. Please keep the student's in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for Sunday. Many thanks to the staff and Monsignor for preparing the children so well.

Many thanks to the School Board and P&F for paying for the installation of a PA system into classrooms. It is long overdue and will be of immense value to the school in contacting staff during the day and with our Lockdown and Evacuation procedures.

"One of our jobs is to help children and young people to interpret events proportionally. However, in recent times, I have seen a shift involving the wrong application of words like trauma, depression and bullying. When these very meaningful words are misused, their misuse can result in unwanted consequences. What might be the ‘unkind’ behaviour of another may, in fact, not be ‘bullying’. In this article we discuss the differences between unkindness and bullying - and how defining the two correctly can teach kids resilience and how to cope with conflict.

Anyone who spends a great deal of time with children or simply remembers their own childhood or schoolyard days, would know that children can be downright mean. An experiment by Debra Pepler at York University brought together children from Years 1 to 6 who were identified by their teachers as particularly aggressive or particularly non-aggressive. What the study found was that the aggressive children were mean to others on average every two minutes and more revealingly, the non-aggressive children also displayed mean behaviour but on average every three minutes.

Conflict is unfortunately a part of life that we all deal with, no matter what age.

Bullying is however, way more than that and can have serious and sometimes tragic consequences. Yet the term 'bullying' seems to be readily bandied around these days for all forms of ‘mean behaviour'."

By Michael Hawton

For the full article click here.

I will be away on Monday and Tuesday at CEWA. Mrs Komnick and Mrs Robinson will be in charge while I am away.

God Bless

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

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Getting a Kick Out of Footy Program

Our school has secured funding for the Sporting School Program and we are partnering with AFL to deliver the Freo Footy Skills Program for Year 3 to 6. Apologies to West Coast supporters!

Important Dates

Friday 21 June

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

Sunday 23 June

  • Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
  • First Holy Communion

Monday 24 June

  • Arts and Science Day 1

Tuesday 25 June

  • Arts and Science Day 2
  • Visiting Author Gavin Than

Friday 28 June

  • Winter Sports Lightning Carnival at Morris Buzacott Reserve - Years 5 and 6

2019 Term Dates and Pupil Free Days

Term Dates:

Term 3: Tuesday July 23 to Friday 27 September

Term 4: Tuesday 15 October to Friday 13 December

Pupil Free Days:

Monday 22 July

Friday 30 August

Monday 14 October

Student Absences

Whenever a student is absent, parents are asked to email the school office on before 9am each day of absence or via the Absentee Online Form on the school website.

Students arriving late for school or leaving early from the school grounds, must be signed in or out at the school office.

Families of students absent for an extended period eg holidays must notify the Principal in writing.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last week's Merit Award recipients.

There will be no Merit Award Assembly next Friday, 28 June, due to our Year 5 and 6 students attending the Winter Sports Lightning Carnival.

ASCS Interschool Cross Country Carnival

On 14 June at Tomkins Park selected students from Years 3 to 6 attended the ASCS Interschool Cross Country Carnival. The students represented St Columba’s over various race distances with five other schools. At the end of the carnival the St Columba's Cross Country squad was awarded 5th place. A special congratulations to Lachlan M who finished 1st, and Madeleine P and Oliver P who finished 2nd in their races. We are proud of all our students’ efforts, displaying their long distance running abilities, and being excellent representatives of their school.

Well done!

Leigh Chatt

Physical Education Specialist

Year Four Visit to Schoenstatt Shrine

Our Year 4 students visited the Schoenstatt Shrine in Mt Richon, as preparation for First Holy Communion. Even though the weather was gloomy, our spirits were not dampened! We were greeted by Sr Lisette, who inspired us with her stories of prayer and service. We visited the lovely shrine and then completed some craft activities, including a First Communion candle. The highlight of the day for many students was when Max and Xavier were dressed up as a priest and an acolyte.

We had a wonderful day and it really helped us to prepare to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.

Getting Ready for Science Week

Artist of the Week

Oliver from Year 3B is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen for his optical illusion artwork. Oliver likes optical illusions because it looks cool and looks like it is three dimensional. His favourite parts of his art are the 3D parts and the complementary colours. To make his artwork, he used watercolour pencils, permanent marker and a pencil. He really likes trick art and would try to do more in the future. Oliver's favourite thing about art is that he can use lots of colours and make it look realistic. Oliver loves drawing prehistoric animals like prehistoric sharks. He doesn’t have a favourite artist, he just likes all of them. Oliver loves art and is looking forward to doing more.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Performing Arts Costumes

Preparations are now underway for Performing Arts in Term 3. I would to thank Brooke Pink for volunteering to be our costume coordinator. Also a huge thanks to our other parents who have volunteered to help make costumes for our students. If you would like to be part of our parent helpers please let me know in the next week.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

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

Order from Canteen

WINNING WELLNESS WEEK RECIPES are available for order from the Canteen until the end of term.

Chloe’s Special Chicken Soup served with Bread - $2.50 per cup

Ella’s Beautiful Banana Bread available at recess - $1 per slice

Library Roster for Next Week

Monday 24 June - Louise Deshon

Wednesday 26 June - Jacqui O'Neill

Waste Wise Tip of the Week

Aim to make your lunchbox waste free.

Here are some good looking lunchboxes that create minimal waste.

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

St Columba's Recycling Team

Parish News

I’m looking forward to First Holy Communion during 9.30am Mass on Sunday. Last Sunday, I invited those at all Masses to inspect the First Communicant’s banners which line the walls of the Church and to adopt one or more as a prayer sponsor.

I also received from St John of God Sister Pierre Lynch, an account and photograph. Sister Pierre asked me if I had any use for it. Immediately I said “Yes” and that I would give a copy to each of the First Communicants. The Priest concerned was Padre Charles Cunningham, who before his wartime service in New Guinea, had been Administrator of South Perth Parish from 1935-6. Monsignor Mc Mahon, the priest who commissioned our beautiful Church in September 1936, spent some time beforehand in Ireland sourcing some of the decorations, especially beautiful stained glass windows from the premier artisan, Harry Clarke. 1936 is a memorable year for the parish as work commenced on the Church in September 1936 and on December 13, Archbishop Prendiville blessed the foundation stone on the façade. It is clearly now visible behind the iceberg roses. A photograph in the Parish History “One Hundred Years on Barney’s Hill” shows that by then, the building had proceeded apace and was above head height. Copies of the Parish History are available in the Church, $20 per copy.It may make an ideal gift to your First Communicant. The year 4 students have the text and photograph of Padre Cunningham’s incident of the Eucharist. Please ask to see it if they haven’t already brought it to your attention.

May God bless you all at this wonderful time of your child’s First Holy Communion.

Rev Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Parents and Friends

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Save the Date: Friday 13 September | 7pm

Dust off your flares and old album covers for Retro Music Bingo! Brush up on your 70s, 80s and 90s music, then gather your friends, including those from outside the school, and get your winning table together. Dress up ideas at

Manna Food Relief Program Reminder

THANK YOU to for the many donations and support of this program. All items donated will be included in food relief hampers for families in need of emergency basic supplies. A small effort from us will have a huge impact on families in need.

Baskets have been placed in each classroom and will be collected on the last Monday of this school term, 1 July.

Class Donation Allocations:

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, Year 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.), Staff - Jams and Spreads.

Any donations of new socks for kids or adults are also most welcomed.

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 the last week of the term.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

The bye rounds are not proving an issue for 5 tipsters with Barry W, Rod D, Rob B, Clint P and Rupa P all achieving a perfect 6 out of 6 correct tips in the round. Well done.

Round 13 Results:

A tie this week on the round winner as both BWoodhouse1(Barry W) and Freo’19 (Rod D) achieving 6 correct tips and margin of 1 point.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 78

2. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 73

3. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 73

4. The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D - 72

5. R-K-S Rob B -72

6. Scarymans - Mark S -72

7. Binns Clan – David B - 72

8. RupaRob – Rupa P - 72

9. Goal Sneak – Todd D - 72

10. Feo’19 – Rod D - 71

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

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

Community Notices

St John's School, Rangeway - Golden Jubilee Anniversary - Save the Date:

Past students, families and staff are invited to the school's Golden Jubilee Anniversary, celebrating 50 years of St John's School to be held on Friday 25 October to Sunday 27 October. Please email or phone 99200100 for further details.

Relationships Australia - All Things Parenting - July Workshops:

Please follow this link for details of July workshops that are being offered at West Leederville Relationships Australia, or contact 61640239.

Women Prompting Change in the Church - Wednesday 26 June 2019

Catholic women are warmly invited to a free panel discussion with: Theologian Dr Margaret Scharf OP; Anglican priest Rev Tess Milne; and Religious Studies scholar Scilla Stack discussing the role of women in the Christian Church and their thoughts on the way forward, followed by an open discussion. Wednesday 26 June from 6pm to 9pm. Light refreshments served from 6pm to 6.30pm. Gibney Hall, Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave Perth. RSVP by 23 June to Kerry - 93975988 / SMS to 0400886835 / email

Linocut Printmaking for Children Age 7 to 10 Workshop:

School holiday 3 hour workshops to learn the basics of linocut printmaking from Tuesday 9 June to Friday 12 June. The workshops will be held at 76 Westminster Street, East Victoria Park. Looking at shapes and patterns occurring in nature and use these as inspiration for print designs. For bookings, please follow this link.

The Experience of Decoupage and Handmade Card - July School Holiday Activities:

On the selected dates in July school holiday, C2YH (Connect to Your Heart) will offer craft classes for children 6 to 15 years old. Proposed craft activities include; hot pot table protector, coasters, pencil case, glass candle holder, and handmade cards (Special Father’s Day gifts: place mat & a coaster and a card). Activities undertaken will depend on the time available the student’s capabilities and preferences. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact on or text to 0433504313.

South Perth United FC - School Holiday Soccer Clinic:

the clinic will be held over 2 days, Monday 8 July and Tuesday 9 July at Challenger Reserve, Challenger Avenue, Manning, and will cover a huge range of foundation skills and fun games for all players, male and female of all ages from 4 to 16. Please email for further infroamtion, or the Head Coach .

SprintingFast School Holiday Athletics Clinic:

Clinic is for boys and girls aged 8 to 16 years. Tuesday 16 July and Wednesday 17 July at the WA Athletics Stadium from 8.30am to 3pm. Further details click on this link.

Leisurelife Junior Sports (Netball, Basketball, Soccer):

More information and enrolments can be found via this link or e-mail .

Uniting Youth Through Sport:

July Basketball Development Camp mon 8 July to Friday 12 July for girls and boys aged 5 to 14 years old at Perth College, Mt Lawley. To register contact Anna Sykes 0400227030 or Steph Jones 0405141027. Email: Registration Link.

George Burnett Leisure Centre July School Holiday Programs:

The Sports Programs are for children aged 5 to 10 years old and the registrations cost includes a healthy morning tea. Follow the links for the workshops being offered: Multisport (basketball, soccer, AFL and hockey), Basketball and Soccer. The Cooking and Arts Programs are for children aged 5 to 12 years old and will be Winter Wonderland themed. There will be 2 cooking sessions and children are more than welcome to attend both as there will be different recipes at each session. Winter Cooking Part 1: , Winter Cooking Part 2: and Winter Art & Craft. Further enquiries: 94740855 or email

Please keep in your prayers for this Sunday the Candidates that will be receiving the

Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time,