St. Columba's Primary School


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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back everyone to the start of Term 2.

I am positive that all had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays, however, I am sure that there would be a number of families who are looking forward to a rest while their child /ren are attending school, particularly if families have been in isolation!

A big thank you must go to all the staff for working so hard in having the classrooms ready for our students yesterday.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the students who will be making their Confirmation and First Holy Communion this term. I know that the teachers will have them well prepared for the celebration of these Sacraments and it will be an exciting time for the students.

Our school community would like to welcome two new staff who have commenced work at St Columba’s this term. They are Ms Shona Simpson who is our new School Counsellor and Ms Justine Palandri for taking over operating the canteen. The canteen will continue to run on the same days as in the past.

A reminder to families in Year 3 & 5, during Week beginning May 9, NAPLAN testing will take place.

There will be catch up days during the week beginning May 16. Please see your child’s teacher or Mr Yock if you have any questions.

There will be communication sent home tomorrow afternoon regarding the new Covid protocols for Catholic Schools in WA. There is a meeting tomorrow morning at 8:30am for Catholic Schools, where Principals will be updated on how the new Dept Of Health protocols will affect schools from next Monday.

CEWA has recommended in the interim that students wear masks to school tomorrow, (however, this will be a Parent/Carer choice) and that the new mask protocols for schools will come into effect from next Monday.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Monday, 2 May - Confirmation Parent Evening - 6.00pm

Please note the following change of date for Catholic Day:

Previous date: Term 2 - Friday, 3 June

New date: Term 3 - Friday, 23 September (Pupil Free Day)

Merit award winners - Week 2

Year 1G - Samuel, Emma

Year 1W - Vudhip, Harlow

Year 2G - Annabelle, Cooper. J, Molly

Year 2W - Alistair, Alexandria

Year 3G - Eden, John

Year 3W - Neala

Year 4G - Angus, Arabelle

Year 4W - Emily.S, Hannah

Year 5G - Caeli, Emma.B

Year 5W - Isabelle, Nate

Year 6G - Noel, Ahliah

Year 6W - Cait, Eva

Feedback on Covid-19 Self Reporting Portal

Please use the link below to offer feedback on the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal.

Feedback Link: COVID-19 Self Reporting Portal

CEWA Childsafe Framework

This framework of nine elements combine supporting a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices. Teachers are responsible for delivering this curriculum to students.

Please click on the button below to view the video below for an introduction to the framework.


We will gather tomorrow as a whole school to celebrate ANZAC Day. We remember all those who have served our nation during war, those who have died, and those who have returned.

Let us pray for all who fought for our country believing in the gift of peace.

Students will participate in an online liturgy over the PA system at 9am this Friday 29 April, led by our Year 6 leaders.

Confirmation 2022

Our Year 6 students are busy preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this term.

Parents of those candidates receiving Confirmation in 2022 will meet for the Parent Information Evening next Monday 2 May at 6pm in the Church.

One parent from each family is asked to attend the session, which should take about 45 minutes.


All children in Years 3 & 5 will complete the NAPLAN Online testing in Weeks 3 and 4 this term unless exempt or withdrawn.

The testing period is from Tuesday 10 May to Friday 20 May.

The school has undergone extensive School Readiness Testing procedures to ensure our devices and networks can support the online assessment.

Please find below the NAPLAN testing schedule for St Columba's Primary School for 2022.

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Please note all tests are online except for the Year 3 Writing Test.

Students who are absent on a particular testing day are still able to complete the test when they return to school. The NAPLAN testing window is open until Friday 20th May, giving us a full week to complete any catch up testing needed.

NAPLAN assesses fundamental skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum, rather than specific content. It is not a pass-or-fail type test, for which students can study or drill, but rather shows how students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children. It also provides information that allows schools and governments to better target efforts to help all students achieve their potential and acquire the basic skills to help them build successful lives.

The best way you can help your child to prepare for NAPLAN is to ensure that they are well rested and send them to school after having a nutritious breakfast. Please reassure your children that NAPLAN is just one part of the school program and urge them to simply do the best they can on the day.

A public demonstration site is available for parents and students to access. The link below provides access to the NAPLAN Online Demonstration site which provides examples of the different types of question formats as well as practice questions across all 4 testing areas. Public Demonstration Site Link

An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at

We invite you to speak with your child’s classroom teacher if you have any concerns regarding the NAPLAN assessment.

Kindy 2024 - Offers for siblings of existing families

The offers of enrolment for siblings of existing families for Kindy 2024 will be emailed this week to families who have submitted all required documentation. Please ensure you accept by the deadline and call the office to pay the enrolment deposit.

If you still have outstanding documentation to submit: Please do so as soon as possible. We will email an offer once this is finalised.

If you have not yet applied for Kindy 2024: Apply online via the enrolment page on the website and ensure all required documentation is included.

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Project Compassion 2022

Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to Project Compassion.

We raised $1,144.50.

Our generous support has helped to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Together we have raised much-needed funds for people living in poverty.

As a school community we have made a difference now, and For All Future Generations.

Well done!!

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Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • Orders must be placed by 9 am
  • All orders now online: Quickcliq
  • No Cash - icy poles, ice creams and small treats need to be ordered online.

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

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

On behalf of the P&F committee, welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful school holidays. We have a number of exciting things coming up and look forward to sharing these with you all over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget, LAST CHANCE to win a limited edition Black TM6 Thermomix - see below. We will be drawing this raffle next week. Please share with your friends and family.

Our next P&F Meeting is due to be held Tuesday 17th May at 7pm. More information to come.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

Welcome back to term 2 and I hope you had a wonderful Easter and holidays.

Plenty of tipping action to catch up on.

The Overall Leader board:

1. Freo Donovan – Pat D on 28 points

2. Binns Clan – David B on 28 points

3. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K on 27 points

4. JChamps – Jennie D on 27 points

5. The Merenda Family – Lee M on 26 points

6. Mat Smith – Mathew S on 26 points

Round 4 Results

1. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K with 7 tips and 1 point margin

Round 5 Results

1. Mat Smith – Mathew S with 8 correct tips and 34 point margin

Round 6 Results

1. Trish09 – Tricia A with 8 tips and 1 point margin

1. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K with 8 tips and 1 point margin

With 4 tips separating the top 14 tipsters, one great round can see you rocketing up the leader board.

Round 7 starts Friday night with the mighty (ok not so mighty in 2022) West Coast Eagles hosting Richmond Tigers with the game starting at 6:10pm WA time.

All the best with your tipping.


Todd Dawson

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Book Club - Issue 3 - Due Wednesday May, 11

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit 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.

Starkick - All abilities AFL club for kids

Please register by clicking the link below:

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Term 2 Calendar

School Term Dates

Term 1: Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April 2022

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September 2022

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 26 April

Term 3: Monday, 18 July, Friday, 19 August 2022 and Friday, 23 September

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am