St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 3 | 28 OCTOBER 2021
Lord God almighty, bless our grandparents with long life, happiness, and health.
May they remain constant in your love and be living signs of your presence
to their children and grandchildren.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
From the Principal
Dear St Columba’s school community,
I am sure that you will agree with me that the weather this week has been less than enjoyable. I am praying very hard for some sunshine to warm us all up!
This term our Year Three students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation which will be held on Saturday November 13, beginning at 10am. A big thank you to Mrs Fran Poole and Mrs Gemma Lucas for facilitating the Reconciliation Parent Meeting on Monday night and assisting Monsignor O’Loughlin and the parish. From all accounts the meeting was very informative and well supported by parents. A reminder that the Reconciliation Retreat will be on Monday November 1 with the 24:7 Retreat Team. Please keep our candidates in your thoughts as they prepare for this Sacrament.
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day, and I am looking forward to welcoming all our wonderful grandparents to the school. The Pre-Primary students have been busy preparing a lovely assembly item to share with the whole school and I know everyone will enjoy visiting the classrooms before morning tea in the Kalyara Mia. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions grandparents make to support our families and shape the young people in our school. It is a day to connect with our loved ones and celebrate what they mean to us! Happy Grandparents Day! To all our staff who are Grandparents we would also like to wish them a very Happy Grandparents Day!
A reminder that when Kiss and Drive is operating, no one is permitted to be walking through to collect children. This is a safety issue and one that can be avoided if the rules are followed. Please use the side gates off Alexandra Street to enter the school grounds. I have asked staff to monitor this closely.
Last weekend, Mr Leigh Chatt and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their growing family. As a school community we congratulate them and wish them all the best for the future! To follow on from this exciting news (it must be the year for it), I am thrilled to announce that Mrs Alison Brine and her husband Edward are also expecting their first child in 2022. Congratulations to them!
Finally, I would like to inform the school community that Mrs Antoinette Buiks will be leaving St Columba’s at the end of 2021. On behalf of everyone, I take this opportunity to thank her for everything she has done for the school community over the past few years and wish her all the best in her next teaching adventure.
Tomorrow is World Teachers' Day! We thank our teachers for the big contribution they make to shaping young people's lives.
Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend.
Annual School Community General Meeting
Nominations now open for P&F Executive and School Advisory Council
The Annual School Community General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm in the Kalyara Mia. This meeting is open to everyone in our School Community and I encourage you to come along and listen to both the P&F Executive and the School Advisory Council as they present their annual reports for 2021. The election of new members onto the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive will be held at this meeting.
The School Advisory Council is a sounding board to the Principal to help with the present and future operation of the school. Please note it is not involved in the day-to-day operations or school finances. There will be two positions available on the School Advisory Council for 2022. People interested in being elected to the Council, the following selection criteria will need to be considered:
- A keenness to promote quality Catholic schooling
- Possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Council
- A deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff
- A desire to give service to the St Columba’s Catholic School community
- An ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Council
For the P&F, all positions are declared open. Those who wish to become a member of the Executive a nomination form will need to be completed and are elected by a vote at the Community Meeting.
Nomination forms for the both the School Advisory Council and P&F will need to be handed to myself no later than Friday, November 5. Please find the nomination forms below.
Merit award winners - Friday, 29 October
Year 1W - Hugh, Genevieve, Grace, Wesley V
Year 2G - Vinay, Annabelle, Ethan F
Year 2W - Angus, Kai, Neala, Leah
Year 3G - Aiden L, Michaela, Olivia
Year 3W - Alexander, Bughaw, Raphaella, Harry
Year 4G - William
Year 4W - Tiana, Matthew
Year 5G - Chloe
Year 5W - Martina, Ben
Year 6 - Holly, Sohfia, Isabella
Friday, 29 October - Teachers Day
Friday, 29 October - Grandparent's Day Assembly and Morning Tea
Monday, 1 November - Reconciliation Retreat Incursion
Tuesday, 2 November - CAPSS Athletics Carnival selected Year 3-6
Wednesday, 3 November - Scitech Incursion - Kindy
Thursday, 4 November - Year 5G Zoo Camp
Thursday, 4 November - All Saints Day Mass
Friday, 5 November - Remembrance Day Poppy Fundraiser - Gold Coin Donation
Wednesday, 10 November - Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 11 November - Year 5W Zoo Camp
Thursday, 11 November - Remembrance Day Liturgy
Saturday, 13 November - Reconciliation
Sunday, 21 November - Christmas Fair
Monday, 22 November - Parent ICT Information for Year 4 Parents 2022 at 6pm
Altar Serving Training - St Columba's Church
Altar Serving is a very special role within our Parish community and only involves serving at Mass once a month. It is a great way to participate more fully in the Mass.
A training session will be conducted on Saturday 6th November at 3:30pm in the Parish Centre.
This session is for any children who have made their First Holy Eucharist and are interested in Altar Serving at St Columba's Parish.
Please contact Jenny Collins (0418 944 835) for more information or to confirm attendance.
Another week has flown by! We have Grandparents Day Devonshire Tea tomorrow and I would like to thank the Pre Primary Reps and volunteers for the wonderful organisation of this event.
Tea towels will be distributed very soon as they have arrived. The Cards that Count will be arriving in the second week of November and then will be distributed. I would like to thank everyone who supported and purchased from these fundraisers.
We have the school AGM on the Wednesday, 10th November at 7pm. All are welcome to attend and hear the yearly update. Nominations for the Advisory Committee and the P&F positions are open. For those who would like to nominate the forms are in the newsletter and you must attend the meeting to be eligible for voting. If do not attend no one will be able to vote for you. I encourage you to all to nominate and attend.
We look forward to another busy week coming up.
Christmas Fair News
LESS THAN 4 WEEKS TO GO!!!
Wow. I cant believe we are so close. We have all the books we need now, so you can stop clearing out those book shelves. Thanks for all the donations.
FAIRGROUND WRIST BANDS
Avoid the queues and buy your kids fairground wrists bands early. Wrist bands will be sold outside the library the week prior to the Fair. Credit facilities available.
$35/wrist band for unlimited fair ground rides, cuddly farm entry and pony rides.
WE NEED MORE HELPERS
Thank you to all of you who have signed up to help on the day. We still need a number of helpers for set up and pack down. I'd appreciate you giving me an hour or two of your time to help make the day a success. Click on link below.
BUSK FOR ST COLUMBAS
Do you like to sing, dance, or play an instrument??
Come along to St. Columba's Christmas Fair and showcase you talent in your very own show, collect coins for the school while doing so. How fun it will be to show your friends what you love to do, even if it's just for fun! Invite your friends and family to come and see you perform. Time slots are limited. Contact Vanessa Naso for more information
PH: 0497 969 927 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Please jump onto Facebook and Instagram and follow, like and share!! Help me to spread the word and also keep up to date with all the plans and fabulous local businesses that are joining us.
Will be drawn this Friday. Stay tuned for the results!
The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.
All Schools Challenge 2021
VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Plenary Council Assembly
THURSDAY 18 November 5.30-8.30pm - Continuing the Dialogue: Observations and reflections on the First Plenary Council Assembly
The opening session of the Plenary Council concluded on October 10 after an intense week of prayer, discussion and discernment.
The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to hear Perth's women members share their experience of the first assembly of the Plenary Council.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to this dialogue. Men and women are all welcome.
Venue : James Nestor Hall ,Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville
When: Thursday 18 November, 5.30pm - 8.30pm (Light refreshments served 5.30pm - 6pm)
RSVP: Tuesday 16 November by email email@example.com or mobile 0400 886 835
School Term Dates
Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December