St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 6 | 27 MAY 2021

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Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,

lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.

You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.

We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask God’s forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.

In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope. Amen.

From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community

This week was our first taste of winter with a very chilly and wet start to the week. As we head towards winter, colds and flus will kick in so it’s a timely reminder that if your child is unwell, please keep them home to give them a good chance to recover quickly and get back to school.

A big congratulations to our Year 6 students on making their Confirmation. The Mass on Saturday evening was a lovely reflection on the commitment of our Catholic faith. Thank you to Mr Beins for working so wonderfully with our students and to all the staff that contributed to this occasion. The Year 4G students are preparing for their First Holy Communion which will be held this Sunday, May 30th. Please keep these students in your thoughts and prayers.

National Sorry Day was held on Wednesday with a very moving prayer service organised and hosted by the Year 1 classes. The picture book “Sorry Day” by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler was a focus for the service and the Year 1 students presented the school with a lovely purple native hibiscus. The native hibiscus was adopted as the National Sorry Day flower as it symbolises resilience and survival of the Stolen Generations. The colour purple denotes compassion and spiritual healing. At the conclusion of the service the students ‘planted’ their own purple flowers in the garden beds. The prayer service taught us the importance of saying sorry, and also it is equally important to remember why we have said sorry. Thank you to Mrs Ogg and Miss Italiano for giving our school the opportunity to stop and reflect on this important topic.

A reminder to all about the school uniform. Please make sure that, as parents, you are aware of the expectations that the school has when it comes to uniforms. Thank you for your support.

Last week CEWA announced that all schools moved back into Covid-19 Phase 4 Guidelines. While parents are welcome back into the classrooms (and I strongly encourage you to do so), I take this opportunity to remind everyone that we must follow good hygiene practices and hand sanitise when entering the classrooms. As a school, we will continue to ask visitors to scan the SafeWA and sign in when entering the front admin building. Again, I thank our school community for their cooperation.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Merit award winners - Friday, 4 June

Year 1G - Oliver, Max

Year 1W - Annabelle

Year 2G - Tate, Ivy

Year 2W - Kye, Charlotte

Year 3G - Audrey, Johanes

Year 3W - Leighton, Arabelle, Angus

Year 4G - Gabriel, Rei

Year 4W - Annabelle F, Xavier M

Year 5G - Lucas, Ashlee

Year 5W - Eva, Ella F

Year 6 - Alissa, Max

Important dates

Sunday, 30 May - First Holy Communion Mass - 4G at 9.30am

Tuesday, 1 June - Cross Country Carnival - Years 3-6

Tuesday, 1 June - P&F Meeting at 7pm - All Welcome

Wednesday, 2 June - Tommy Sugo pop-up shop P&F fundraiser

Friday, 4 June - Year 3W Assembly

Monday, 7 June - Public Holiday

Tuesday, 8 June - Catholic Day - School closed

Wednesday, 9 June - St Columba's Feast Day

Thursday, 10 June - St Columba's Feast Day Mass

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Canteen Roster - Week commencing 2 June

Wednesday - Julie Hyde

Thursday - Ivy Ng

Friday -

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via phone or email.

Library Roster - Week commencing 31 May

Monday - Sheridan Andrews

Wednesday - Nicole Baroni

Scholastic Book Club

Online orders are due by 2 June 2021.

Year 2 - Worm juice fertiliser on sale

We are selling the school's worm juice fertiliser made from our very own worm farm. Great for fertilising your gardens and works wonders on fruit trees. On sale from our stall on Thursday mornings outside the Year 2 classrooms. Note: This worm juice is concentrated and will need to be diluted before you use it on your garden.

Please bring:

1. Your own container

2. A gold coin donation

Ignite your kids creativity with Coding and Tech

Parents are able to register here:

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P & F

Hello Everyone,

We have the Retro Bingo date confirmed for Saturday 7th August 2021, please save the date in your calendar. Start to think about outfits and all the people you can invite to make up tables. The more people we have the more fun it will be. This is a great fundraiser and an opportunity to meet people outside of the school grounds and bring us all together as our wonderful community grows.

A huge excitement is in the Pre Primary nature playground area. We have completed this amazing area. I would like to thank all the families of 2020 for their support in Fundraising in a very challenging year. All money raised went to this large project. The P&F Levy from 2020 went to this project too. Without everyone's support this wouldn't have happened.

We have a very exciting fundraiser starting next week "Tommy Sugo Pasta". A huge thank you to Tracie Murray for her hard work in organising this. Please get behind this fundraiser.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st June at 7pm and everyone is welcome. If you have anything you want added to the agenda could you please contact your class representative as soon as possible so they can pass it on.

We have a very exciting event happening later in the year so please save the date for our Fair on Sunday 21st November, a place to have fun and buy some Christmas gifts. We are really looking forward to this.

Take care everyone.


Lara Tulett

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Tommy Sugo fundraiser - pop-up shop one day only!

  • Try and buy!
  • Wednesday June 2nd 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • For the first time ever - a pop-up shop on campus
  • Location: On school grounds near entry gates
  • Beautiful Italian meals available to purchase; pastas, lasagne, sauces, Arancini and more
  • Credit card payments welcome

Tommy Sugo fundraiser - orders from 31 May to 18 June

  • Orders can be placed from Monday 31 May to 18 June
  • Scan the QR code to place your order
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The Dads of St Columbas - Footy and Camp Out planning night

When: Friday, 11th of June

Where: Como Bowls Club, 99 Hensman Street, South Perth

Time: 5.00pm til late (happy hour 5-6pm)

A food truck will be available to purchase burgers and snacks.

Come down from 5pm to meet some Dads across all year groups. The footy (Swan vs Hawks) will be on and we will begin to plan the DOSCA school camp out. This will be held from 16th-17th October on the school oval. It’s a long running event that requires helpers and volunteers, especially from dads in the early years.

For more information, contact Todd Dawson - Year 5 (0447 730 656) , Mel Naso - Year 5 and 3 (0419 924 216) or Neilsen De Souza - Pre-Primary (0417914446)

We hope to see you there!

Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

The Giants v Eagles game proved the difference this week separating a number of tipsters, well done to Iuliano Family (Paul I) and Freo’Donovan (Pat D) for picking the Giants.

Current Leader Board

53 Points - Todd D (Goal Sneak)

51 points - Ben B (BenBristow18) and

51 points - David B (Binns Clan)

49 points - Clint P (WolfPack1)

And a chasing pack of 4 tipsters on 48 points

Round 9 Winner

Iuliano Family (Paul I) with a 8 and 10 point margin

Round 11 starts Friday night with a top of the table clash between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Demons

Happy Tipping

Todd Dawson

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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 1 June at 7pm

Tuesday, 3 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 16 June at 7pm

Wednesday, 11 August at 7pm

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

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: Tuesday, 8 June. Friday, 2 July

Term 3: Monday, 19 July

Term 4: Monday, 11 October