St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 3 | 6 AUGUST 2020

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Loving God, when you created the world and all the people in it, you gave us a special person called Mary MacKillop. We thank you for her life and the example to live as Jesus did.

Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


We have had a very busy start to the term. The Year 4 Assembly was a great hit and the Year 4 students and teachers are to be congratulated on the work they put into preparing and presenting their item. For this term there will only be individual class assemblies, as we are still required to social distance. At these class assemblies, parents and carers of the class presenting the assembly and parents and carers of students receiving awards are able to attend so that social distancing can be managed..


There will be a P&F Meeting on Tuesday August 18 at 7:00 pm in the staffroom.


There is now a Private Facebook Group 'St Columba’s Second Hand Uniform' where parents can swap and sell second hand uniforms. Details follow in the newsletter.


The next Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday August 12 at 7:00 pm in the staffroom.


Many thanks to Mr Chatt for organising and preparing the students for the upcoming Cross Country event. The students have been training very enthusiastically.


At this stage the Father’s Day Breakfast is on hold due to social distancing protocols. I am waiting to see what happens with the easing of the next stage of restrictions from the State Government and then the advice put out from CEWA regarding social distancing.


God Bless and stay safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

Merit award winners - Friday 14 August

Year 1G - Emily, Lucas, Stella, John

Year 1W - Eden, Sophia M, Nathan

Year 2G - Diego, James

Year 2W - Lennox, Isabel, Emily S

Year 3G - Nate, Duke, Paris, Xavier M

Year 3W - Isabelle, Xavier, Caeli, Joseph

Year 4G - Francesco, Eva, Ryan, Madeleine

Year 4W - Lillyann, James, Ruby, Keira

Year 5 - Saheli, Christian, Sienna

Year 6 - Madison, Eva, Xavier

The Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”

This week, we honour St Mary MacKillop who met the great challenges of her time with vision, passion and creativity. She was known for her love of the poor and marginalised and lived by the motto to never see a need without doing something about it. Mary is a model for us here in Australia, may we reflect on her life and follow her example through our active discipleship.

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Cross Country volunteers - a few more needed

We need a few more parent volunteers for Cross Country - please email Leigh.Chatt@cewa.edu.au if you are able to help.

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St Columba’s Second Hand Uniform - Private Facebook Group

We have created a Private Facebook Group where families can swap and sell second hand uniforms. Search for 'St Columba’s Second Hand Uniform' or follow the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/281335313058752


  • The group is for families of the school and run by members of the group
  • Members approve new members
  • Members can invite new members
  • St Columba’s is the Admin, but plays no active role in the Group

P&F food drive - thank you!

Thank you to the many families who donated much needed goods for the P&F's food drive. The Food Bank and St Vinnies were so grateful for your very generous support.

Musician of the week

Annabelle F from Year 3G is your Musician of the week. She has played the ukulele for two years and piano for one year. She learns ukulele with Mrs McDonald and piano with Jordan.


Annabelle enjoys doing craft on the weekend. Her favourite colour is gold. Annabelle's favourite book series is "Wings of Fire". Her favourite sport is Basketball while her favourite meal is Spicy Noodles.


By Edith and Kara

The Music Ministers 2020

Book Week Assembly - Mon 17 Aug

Book Week Assembly is on 17 August - children dress as a book character or curious creature.

Due to COVID-19 only students and staff will be attending this Assembly.

The staff play and the children's parade will be videoed and available on FaceBook.


Thank you for your understanding.

Thanks for supporting Book Club

We have earned $234.50 to buy new books for the library.

South Perth Young Writers Awards 2020

To submit an entry, fill out the Entry Form and send work and the form to spywa@southperth.wa.gov.au.

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Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum


The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC ) is mandated in all schools and is taught by teachers who have completed a full day KS:CPC training course. It is a world-class, evidence-based child safety program.


Last week, parent tip sheets for Focus Area 1 and 2 were attached.

This week, the parent tip sheets for Focus Area 3 and 4 are attached.


The two focuses are-

Focus Area 3- Recognising and reporting abuse

Focus Area 4- Protective strategies



These are tips to assist you in having open conversations with your children.

Canteen helpers roster

Week Commencing 10 August 2020

Wednesday - Tash Glass

Thursday - Ashleigh Goodchild

Friday - Jay Wood

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Junior Hockey

Make-up sessions for last term's hockey players will be held over the following four Tuesdays from 7.30-8.30am


  • 25th August
  • 1st September
  • 8th September
  • 15th September


We are also accepting registrations for Term Four - see attached flyer.

School Term Dates 2020

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Free Dress Footy Day - Friday, 7 August.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day - Saturday, 8 August.

School Cross Country (Yr 3-6) - Wednesday, 12 August.

Year 5 Assembly - Friday, 14 August.

Book Week - 17 August. (Week 5)

P & F Meeting - Tuesday, 18 August.

Science Week - 15-23 August. (Week 6)

Year 2 Assembly - Friday, 28 August.

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 7 September.

P & F Meeting - Tuesday, 8 September.

Year 1 Assembly - Friday, 11 September.

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 14 September.

School Open Night/Art Exhibition - Thursday 17 September.

Athletics Carnival (Yr K-6) - Friday, 18 September.

Pupil Free Day - Friday, 25 September.

Pupil Free Day - Monday, 12 October.