St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 9 | 8 DECEMBER 2022

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


Our school year has rapidly come to an end. It has been a very busy term and we are now down to the last two days.


We farewell Mrs Shaw who is leaving, after many years working in the Library. Mrs West and Mrs Jas will be leaving our staff at the end of this year as well and I wish them all the best with their future endeavours. We also farewell Mrs Lucas who will be taking maternity leave in 2023.


Many thanks to Monsignor O’Loughlin and Mr Yock for organising our end of year Thanksgiving Mass. It was a very moving occasion with the announcement of the Student Leaders for 2023, including the handover from the current 2022 Student Leaders, to the future 2023 Student Leaders. Congratulations to all Year 5 students who nominated for positions. The school looks forward to the Year 6 class of 2023 leading by example. It was also the last time the 2022 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.


The St. Columba’s staff are also to be acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to our students throughout 2022. 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. Many of these endeavours will be reflected in the students’ reports.


The School Advisory Council and P&F are to be commended and thanked for the work they have put into supporting the school community throughout 2022.


A special thank you to the office staff Mrs Venturini, 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.


The 2023 Student Leaders were announced today at our Thanksgiving Mass. We congratulate those who received a formal student leadership role for next year.


Environmental Ministers – Emma B and William R


Communication Minsters – Isabelle C and Maya V


Visual Arts Ministers – Sofia M and Tiana W


Music Arts Ministers – Florence M and Nate B


Mackillop Faction Captains – Ciara H and Xavier M


McMahon Faction Captains – Carmen S and Gabriel T


Casey Faction Captains – Aiden B and Milani M


Liturgical Officer – Caeli F


Head Girl – Kiera M


Head Boy – Alessandro C


We look forward to these students leading our school in 2023.


All the best to our Year 6 students as they move to high school and I am sure that they will settle smoothly into high school life and will be great ambassadors for our school. 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 plans.


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. It was a wonderful community night.


To the many volunteers who have helped with school activities throughout the year, your help is very much appreciated. It is this help that gives St Columba’s such a great community spirit. A special thank you must go Justine and the regular volunteers in the canteen who provide valuable assistance each week.


Please note, Term Four concludes for students on Friday, 9 December 2022.


School resumes for students, on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.


I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our school community a Happy and Holy Christmas.


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

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Important Dates

Friday 9 December - Term 4 ends with fun Christmas free dress


Term 1 2023

Wednesday 1 February - Term 1 begins

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Christmas Free Dress Day – Tomorrow!

Students and staff are welcome to come to school on Friday, 9 December in their Christmas clothing to celebrate the end of the 2022 school year. We look forward to seeing you in your Christmas best!

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Thanksgiving Mass

Today, we celebrated the 2022 school year with a final Thanksgiving Mass for Y1-6. This was a time for the school to come together as a faith community for the last time in 2022.


We said farewell to those leaving us and commemorated the year with a video compilation of all the year levels from Pre-Kindy to Year Six. What a beautiful way to finish out a wonderful year as we prepare for the birth of Christ at Christmas.

Yearbook Distribution

2022 St Columba’s Yearbooks were sent home today, Thursday, 9 December, with the eldest child in each family.


The Yearbook is a wonderful keepsake, filled with special memories of 2022, and we are excited to be able to provide these to our school community.


Please contact your eldest child’s classroom teacher if you did not receive your copy.

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Reports now online (PP to Year 6)

Semester 2 Reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students were made available on Wednesday, 7 December at 3:30 pm. Reports were provisioned online this semester through the SEQTA Engage portal.


Reports for Kindergarten students only were sent home as a hard copy on Wednesday 7 December.


The SEQTA Engage web address is https://stcolumbassp.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/

Please note there is also a ‘Reports – SEQTA Engage’ tab on the FAMILIES page of the school website that links directly to the above link.


If you are unable to locate your login information, please follow these steps:

  • Click on the Forgot your password? link
  • Enter your email address into the relevant box and click on Reset my password
  • Go to your email box and reset your password according to the instructions in the email.
  • The password reset email will expire after 1 hour of being generated.


Parents who are new to St Columba’s this semester or who have not previously been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account have received an email inviting them to create one.


Please contact the front office if you have any issues logging into your SEQTA Engage account.

The Season of Advent

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.


Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple colour associated with Advent is also the colour of penance. The faithful should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


At Mass last Sunday, the second Advent candle was lit. The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The colour of the second Advent candle is associated with royalty and reminds us that Christ is the "King of Kings." We await the coming of a new king from Bethlehem.

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2023 Sacramental Dates

Please find the Sacramental dates for 2023 in the PDF below.


This includes the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.

St Columba Parish Newsletter

Please click on the PDF below to view the Parish newsletter
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2022 All School's Challenge

Thankyou for attending the 2022 All School’s challenge. It was a fun day and St Columba's did so well.


Some individual personal best times achieved, so well done.

Congratulations to:

Year 6 boys relay team: (Ben, Joshua, Eamon and Chayse) achieved runner up.

Year 4 Boys: Max Horner achieved Overall Runner-up.

Year 6 Boys: Chayse Pitt achieved Overall Runner-up.

As an overall swimming team St Columba's finished up in 9th position, so our future is looking bright!

We hope you can join us again next year. Happy swimming!

Camp Australia has limited places for school holidays

Camp Australia is encouraging St Columba's families who wish to take use of the school holiday program to enrol soon, as places will be limited due to staffing demands. Their full holiday program can be found in the PDF below.
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P&F News

Hi Everyone,


In the blink of an eye, we are finished!


The P&F set out at the start of the year with one mission in mind. 'To improve and foster the mental and physical wellbeing of our children'. This year we have seen numerous events, new initiatives (both co-curricular and school based incursions) and some fantastic purchases that have directly contributed to our mission. Wow, what a year.


On behalf of the amazing Renee Methorst (Secretary) and Mat Smith (Treasurer), we would like to take the opportunity to thank our incredible P&F committee for 2022. It has been a huge year with various challenges thrown at us. However, it has not stopped the commitment and the passion from every single individual. Each and every one of you have gone above and beyond, we are so lucky.


We would also like to thank the teachers. In particular our administrative staff Amy, Andrea, Narelle, and of course, Allen and Jesse for your patience, support and never questioning our crazy ideas. We really do appreciate you all.


Lastly, thank you to the community of St Columbas. We are very fortunate to have such an active and supportive group. Your generosity can be seen all over the school. We hope you have had an enjoyable year.


I would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday period. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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The P&F will be offering Co-Curricular Hockey run by the Curtin University Hockey Club (CUHC) in Term 1, 2023 for Years 1-6. It will run for 8 weeks commencing Week 2 and finishing Week 9.


Years 1-3: Tuesday Mornings 7:30am - 8:30am

Years 4-6: Thursday Mornings 7:30am - 8:30am


P&F will be subsiding this opportunity.


The $80.00 cost (parents to pay $40.00 only) includes the 8 weeks of qualified coaching by CUHC junior coaches, and each new player to the program will receive their own hockey stick pack including a hockey stick, shin pads, hockey ball and T-shirt.


Limited spots available.

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

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School Term Dates

Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022