St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Parents and Carers,

On Tuesday the 8th August we celebrated the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop in a number of ways and finished with a Prayer Service on Tuesday afternoon. Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint. Mary started a school in a stable in Penola, South Australia where she set about educating poor children from the bush. She founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites), a congregation of religious sisters that established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australasia with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.

The Principal’s Conference I attended in Hobart has provided some great networking opportunities and it was great to see that the Tasmanian Catholic schools are also taking the Science of learning through their school system. They, along with the Canberra Goulbourn Catholic Schools are beginning to implement the Science of Reading which we began implementing in 2022. The programme is proving to be highly successful and we will be teaming up with two other WA Catholic Schools in the staff only week at the end of the year, to further our knowledge through PD with Lorraine Hammond, who is well known in Science of Learning circles.

Our Book Fair was an outstanding success and Mrs La Rosa is to be commended for her work involved in organising the event. It will now become an annual event for the school.

Congratulations to the Robocup team over the weekend. The results can be found in this newsletter.

Today we farewell Mrs Sadowski who is leaving the school to work in a different role with the Literacy Group MultiLit. We wish her well and thank her for her wonderful service to the school and we wish her well in her new role. However, we will still see her around in her new role and as a parent. We also welcome Mrs Gemma Tsang who will replace Mrs Sadowski. Mrs Tsang brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the school and will be a great addition, and support, to our staff.

God bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 11 August

  • Assembly - 2W and Merit Awards
Saturday 12 August
  • P&F Friend-raiser POSTPONED - see P&F section for details

Tuesday 15 August

  • Feast of the Assumption
  • Way Too Cool Book Week Incursion

Wednesday 16 August

  • Zoo Safari - 5G - 3pm - 7pm

Thursday 17 August

  • Zoo Safari - 5W - 3pm - 7pm

Friday 18 August

  • Assembly - 1W

Tuesday 22 August

  • Book Week Assembly and Dress Up Parade - 9am
  • Father's Day Incursion - Y2-3
Wednesday 30 August
  • Father's Day P&F Breakfast Bash - 7.30am to 9am (RSVP in P&F section for catering)
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Merit Award Winners - Friday, 11 August

Year 1G - Evie S, Ruby, Arielle, Devan

Year 1W - Hazel, Mason, Claudia, Owen F

Year 2G - Claudia, Maximiliano, Tayo, Madison

Year 2W - Mitchell, Rayden, Henry

Year 3G - Arthur, Alexandria

Year 3W - Grace, Gabriella D, Asher

Year 4G - Sophia P, Marielle, Xavier

Year 4W - Eden, Onye, Tanya

Year 5G - Emily P, Alexander, Taylor

Year 5W - Arabelle, Aiden

Year 6G - Poppy, Emma

Year 6W - Maya, Chelsea

Merit Award Winners - Week 5

Year 1G - Neave, Reuben, Clodagh, Devan

Year 1W - Addison, Grace, Toby, Matthew H

Year 2G - Nicholas, Bridget, Olivia, Blake

Year 2W - Darcy, Miguel, Elliott

Year 3G - Phoebe, Hugo O, Addisyn

Year 3W - Tanny, Hugh

Year 4G - Genevieve, Grace, Klelia

Year 4W - Gui, Charlotte, Zara M, Angus

Year 5G - Denim

Year 5W - Raphaella, Harry Sc

Year 6G - Louise, Jason

Year 6W - Isabelle, Alessandro

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Feast of the Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption is one of the most important feast days of the year and a Holy Day of Obligation on the official Roman Catholic Church calendar.

By tradition, the holy day is observed every August 15th. This year, the Feast of the Assumption occurs on Tuesday, 15 August 2023.

According to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was "assumed body and soul into heavenly glory" several years after her son, Jesus, ascended into heaven.

Students will learn about this important Feast Day in their Religious Education classes this week at their developmentally appropriate level.

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RoboCup Junior WA State Event

We are very proud of our Year 5 and 6 teams who participated in the RoboCup Junior WA State Event on the 5th and 6th of August at All Saints College in Bull Creek.

A huge congratulations to Year 6 students, Emma B and Ciara H who won the Line Rescue, Aiden B and Matthew H were second in the Maze competition and our Year 5 students Valentina O, James M, Ari S and Toby L won the Onstage Performance Novice for the whole competition.

A big thank you to Ms Burnett for overseeing the event and all the parents that attended and helped throughout the day.

Wellbeing at St Columba's

Creating a culture of Wellbeing allows all students and staff at St Columba’s to flourish.

We are exploring the move to a long-term sustainable wellbeing plan at St Columba’s, where wellbeing is about who we are and what we do. Wellbeing needs to be embedded across the whole year, rather than a focus week each term.

We are partnering with the P&F who have nominated two parents to assist us with the ‘parent voice’ when making decisions in this space.

There are already many exciting things happening in the Wellbeing sphere as the school looks to review and consolidate its wellness strategies and practices for staff, students and parents.

Students are still welcome to wear their sports uniform for the duration of Week 5 and there will still be no Homework. This is a great opportunity to use the extra time for some personal wellness activities.

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Vinnies Winter Appeal Ends

The Vinnies Winter Appeal has concluded for 2023. Thank you to everyone who was able to donate clothing items, as well as monetary donations for St Vincent de Paul. Last Friday the initiative finished with a Pyjama Day for all classes. In total we raised $493.55 - What an amazing effort!

St Vincent de Paul has collected the clothing to take to those in our local community who need them. What a great way to live our motto, “Charity & Peace” in the real world.

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Altar Serving Training - St Columba's Catholic Church

The Altar server’s Ministry is a unique one in the Catholic Church. Other than priests and deacons no-one else is allowed to so closely play a part in the preparation of the Eucharist. Your participation as an Altar server is special, you will do things that others will never do. You will learn things that others will never know. You will see the mass in ways that others may never see it. Above all, you will do it all for the Honour and Glory of God.

Please note that Altar servers are only scheduled for one Mass per month.

The training is open to those children who have received their first holy Eucharist and are interested in Altar serving at St Columba’s Parish.

Training sessions will begin from Saturday, 19 August 2023 at 3:30pm in the Parish Centre.

Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian to all training sessions.

Please use the link below for expression of interest or contact Alice Mativavarira 0452 557 526 for more information.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

This week, the P&F were proud to be able to offer the children in Years 3-6 the opportunity for a Western Health Kids Incursion. Run by two qualified child psychologists, the children were split up into small groups and were provided some tools and techniques to help navigate through some very relevant topics. The Years 3 and 4's incursion was based on "healthy friendships" and the Years 5 and 6's were on "growth Mindsets". Parent resources will be available over the next few days.

It is with huge disappointment that we had to cancel this year's Friend-Raiser, the Op Shop Theme Games Night. This event has been postponed to Term 1 next year. We will send out more information closer to the time. Thank you to the Year 3 parents for all your hard work in pulling this together.

Our next major event coming up is Fathers Day. So save the date (August 30th) Dads and male role models, this event held by our fabulous Year 1's isn't to be missed.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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P & F Father’s Day Event RSVP

Calling all Dads and Father Figures,

You are invited to the Father's Day Breakfast Event, run by our P & F Team, on Wednesday, 30 August from 7:30-9:00am in Kalyara Mia (Undercover Area).

This event is for dads and father figures who have children in Kindy to Year 6. (Pre-Kindy Dads will have a separate event. Class teachers will send communications regarding this.)

The P & F will provide a sausage sizzle and small selection of other items. #yesplease

We ask Dads (or mums on their behalf) to reply to our Expression of Interest form below to allow the P & F to ascertain numbers for catering purposes. We ask for this to be completed by COB Friday 18 August.

We are excited to be able to offer this community event for our dads and father figures.


P & F Team

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Cards That Count - P&F Fundraiser

Order forms for Cards That Count will be sent home shortly.

The cards will be $16.00 per pack, with $5.00 from every pack going to the P&F.

Ordering is open until the end of August.

2023 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition

Hello all,

Round 21 had 9 of us getting 7/9 tips right with an average of 5.6 across the comp.

Round 21 results

Andrew J 7 correct tips with a margin of 38

Ben B 7 correct tips with a margin of 39

Brett M 7 correct tips with a margin of 39

Brendon O 7 correct tips with a margin of 40

Pat D 7 correct tips with a margin of 42

No changes to the Top 5 in the last round with Alan G and Joshua J sitting pretty at the top of the overall ladder, followed by Mark S and Pat D, with the top 5 separated by just 2 games.

Alan G - 115

Joshua J - 115

Mark S - 114

Pat D - 114

Brendon O - 113

Round 22, kicks off tomorrow with the Magpies hosting the Cats at 5:50PM, don't forget to get your Tips in. Enjoy the Western Derby!

If you have any questions please drop me an email at or call Santhosh on 0411 253 951

Happy tipping!

Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

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School Term Dates for 2023

Term 3: Monday, 17 July to Thursday, 21 September 2023

Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Friday, 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days for 2023

Term 3: Friday 22 September

Term 4: None

Sacrament Dates for 2023

Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am