St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3, WEEK 9 | 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

"Trust in God who helps you in all things."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


Community is one of the many strengths of our school and as the term draws to a close I would like to thank our P&F and the parents who volunteer the gift of their time to ensure that events on our calendar are successfully run. This term some of these events have included our annual school disco, Father’s Day breakfast celebration, sausage sizzle on Open Night and more recently the P&F major fundraiser, The Retro Musical Bingo. This event was an outstanding success not only from a financial perspective, but from the sheer enjoyment of spending an evening singing out aloud to some of our old favourite songs from the 80’s and 90’s. The tireless investment of time and energy by the many parent volunteers who put their hands up time and time again to organise and assist, truly enriches the lives of our students and families, so a big thank to each and every one of you.


On Tuesday night at our school’s Open Night, we showcased the work that reflects the excellent standard of teaching and learning at St Columba’s and the partnership we have with you in your children’s education. I would like to thank our teachers and education assistants for the time they spend each and every day preparing, planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting for the students at St Columba’s. Your effort and hard work is much appreciated and this sentiment was echoed by many parents on the evening.


On Wednesday this week, Mr John McGrath, MLA for South Perth, came to our school to judge the annual Art Exhibition. He was extremely impressed with the high standard of art on display and commented on the professional set-up of our Art Room as a gallery. Merit Award recipients and the Junior and Senior Art winners will be announced at an assembly towards the end of Term 4.


Tomorrow we look forward to a wonderful day at our Sports Carnival when students will have the opportunity to participate in individual races and team games. We wish all participants the very best of luck and I know we will see many examples of students encouraging one another in their endeavours on the day.


May God Bless you and your family.


Ondine Komnick

Acting Principal

Important Dates

Friday 20 September

  • School Sports Carnival


Friday 27 September

  • Year 3B Assembly at 8:50am
  • Last Day of Term 3

What a Week!

Open Night

Open Night is a special opportunity for families to share in their child’s learning journey and celebrate their unique skills and achievements. Well done to the students and their teachers on the amazing work on display for Open Night! Thank you to all the families who came along.

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Art Exhibition

Picasso said: “Every child is an artist” and this was evident in the stunning artwork on display at Open Night’s Art Exhibition. Our Visual Arts teacher Mrs Melissa Govorko has done a wonderful job of nurturing the creativity of St Columba’s children.

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Calling for Sewing Volunteers

We are making up Religious Education boxes for each classroom which include items for our prayer tables. We have pieces of fabric that need to be cut into 4 strips and overlocked. There are 20 boxes with 4 coloured strips of fabric per box. If we can get several volunteers we would be most appreciative. Please contact the front office if you are able to assist.

Performing Arts Costumes

Please return any borrowed costumes from Performing Arts as soon as possible as I am sorting through all of them in the next few days.


We have some bags of costumes which need to be washed. If you can assist with washing please collect from the office. Any assistance with this task is greatly appreciated.


Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all the Merit Award recipients from last weeks assembly.


Merit Awards - Friday 27 September 2019 Assembly at 8:50am

Year 1B: Charlotte and Talin

Year 1O: Marcus

Year 2C: Allegra and Xavier

Year 2F: Charlotte and Jacob

Year 3B: Oliver, Eva, Matthew

Year 3P: Ahliah, Chikamuso, Amelie and Lily

Year 4: Cayden and Chloe

Year 5: Edith

Year 6: Matthew and Sienna M

School Uniform Shop Clearance Tomorrow

The school Uniform Shop will be open tomorrow morning from 8:30am to 9.30am. Come and grab a bargain - clearing all stock on hand.


  • Hair Accessories for $1
  • Summer Uniform Dress for $40 (can be worn beyond 2020)
  • Polo Tops $15
  • Rain Coats $5
  • Skorts $10
  • Track Tops and Pants - $15 each - Limited Sizes Available


Sarah Fiel

School Uniform Shop Coordinator

Musician of the Week

Kara in Year 5 is the Musician of the Week. Kara plays the piano and has been playing for 2 years. Her favourite piece is 'Cose Ark'. She likes music because it makes her happy. Kara is also in choir and chamber choir because she likes singing.

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 23 September - Natalie Low

Wednesday 25 September - Catherine Reutens

An Invitation to Have Your Say from CECWA

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) is reviewing our system policies supporting our 75,000 students and 12,000 staff in 162 schools.


We invite all students, parents, CEWA staff and members of your community to help by telling us:


What makes a good Catholic school?


Facilitated sessions will take place at our Leederville office. You can book your preferred session time online and choose from:


  • Early Years LOFT Sessions (for Pre K - Year 4 Students and their Family)
  • Open LOFT Sessions (Years 4 - 12 Students, Families, Staff and Community)


During the school holiday sessions, participants will also help to create a mural alongside local artist Linzi Carter. This is an evolving creation, whose form will develop with each session.


We welcome you to participate in this unique opportunity to have your say on the future of our schools.


For more information and to register for a session please click here.

The Catechist Formation Programme Catholic Ed WA

Have you ever considered becoming a Catechist and sharing your faith with the children of this Parish? The rewards of this experience are enriching. The Catechrist Formation Programme Catholic Ed WA provides training for Catechists in Parishes. At St Columba's Parish we are in need of Catechists or RE teachrs. Please pray about it as your commitment to this beautiful Ministry would be appreciated.


Any enquiries please contact Connie Carroll, Catechist Coordinator on 0452558232 or 94742271.

CSPSWA Attendance Strategy Survey

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) is currently developing an Attendance Strategy for Catholic schools. It is well recognised that regular attendance at school results in lifelong learning benefits and helps our children to become productive and responsible adults.


Catholic School Parents WA (CSPWA) is partnering with CEWA in this important work as parents play a significant role in attendance and it is important, we hear your views.


A CONFIDENTIAL survey is being conducted across the state to collect your thoughts and assumptions regarding attendance and a link is provided below.


This is a significant opportunity for parents to have input into the Attendance Strategy and therefore we urge as many parents as possible to participate in the survey. Your feedback will help to inform the final strategy, this survey will close next Tuesday, 24 September 2019.


If you have any additional queries please contact Siobhan Allen, Executive Director, CSPWA, siobhan@csp.wa.edu.au.

Click here to access Survey

Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth)

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth. Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001. Friday 25 October 6pm to 9pm - Women in the Church: Reflections from the New Testament - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5:30pm. Saturday 26 October 9:30 to 4pm - Women and the gospel of Mark: Insights for Today - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included. Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville. RSVP by 21 October. Email: kerrymacfarlane2@gmail.com; Phone: 93975988; SMS: 0400886835.

Parents and Friends

Lara, Amy and Brooke would like to give a big thank you to Jamie Horner for all her help with organising the Retro Musical Bingo Night. It was a huge success. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. A very big thank you for your amazing help on the night - Jamie Horner, Vanessa Wainwright, Bobbie Ogg and Michelle McInerney. The bar and games would not have been possible without you.


Our huge gratitude to all the many helpers and for all the extremely generous donations that were received from families and businesses.


The P&F will be announcing the total funds raised very soon.


The lucky prize winners of the raffle were:

  • 1st Prize - Ticket 385 - Rob Pitt
  • 2nd Prize - Ticket 238 - Janelle Letari
  • 3rd Prize - Ticket 485 - Jennie Dawson
  • 4th Prize - Ticket 356 - Anne To-Nguyen (Term 4 Car Park Bay)


Lara Tulett

P&F President

Sports Carnival - Coffee Van

This year, the parent's race will be to the coffee van! Our Ruby Girl's Coffee Van will arrive at 9am. Delicious coffee, wraps and sausage rolls will be on sale, along with Faction cupcakes (proceeds from cupcakes will go the school). See you there!

Morning Tea for Mary MacKillop Centre - Bring a Plate

Families are asked to bring a plate of morning tea (cakes - sliced, biscuits, slices, fruit etc.) tomorrow morning, Sports Carnival day. Please deliver morning tea donations to the undercover area. Morning tea will be available for a GOLD COIN DONATION with proceeds going to the Mary MacKillop Centre.

Community News

Earth Assist - Conservation Volunteers Australia - School Holiday Program

For students wishing to complete community service hours and help conserve our natural environment. Earth Assist is a free program for school students aged 15 to 18 years. For further details call the Conservation Volunteers Perth office on 93352777 and mention Earth Assist, or email info@earthassist.org.au.


Grasshopper Soccer - Term 4 Programs

Soccer fun for girls and boys aged 2 to 12. Programs starting from 19 October. All details available via the website, email perth@grasshoppersoccer.com.au or phone 0451172877.


Get Active Sports - Tennis for Juniors - Term 4

Term 4 2019 program for 6 weeks commencing Saturday 26 October for boys and girls aged 3 to 8 years of age. Programs focus on improving coordination and motor skills. For more information phone 1300772106 or email infor@getactivesports.com.au.


2019 Leisurelife Junior Sports (Netball, Basketball, Soccer)

Registrations for the 2020 Summer Season (Years 1 to 10) now open until Monday 7 October. Spring Year 4/5 and Year 6/7 netball carnivals will be held on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October. Multisport Kidz Club on Wednesday 2 and 9 October, Friday 4 and 11 October and Thursday 10 October from 8:30am to 12pm. Coaching for basketball, netball, and soccer available during the school terms. More information can be found on the website or email tnathan@vicpark.wa.gov.au.


University of Western Australia KIDDO School Holiday Program

KIDDO is a physical literacy program designed for children from 3-8 years old ran by world leading experts in children’s physical literacy from the University of Western Australia. Further details please visit the website or email admin@kiddo.edu.au .

Kindy 2020: A Few Places Now Available - Spread the Word

A few places have become available for St Columba’s Kindergarten next year (2020) due to enrolled families moving out of the area or interstate. If you know of families interested in joining our Kindergarten, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible.


Call (08) 64369500 or email admin@stcolumbassp.wa.edu.au .


Kindy 2020:

For children born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016


Kindy 2021:

For children born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017

(Waiting list positions still available)