St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 8 | 24 MARCH 2022

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Harmony Week Prayer:

O’ God You create all people in your image.

We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and cultures in this world.

Enrich our lives by ever widening circles of friendship and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children;

Through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


We are fast approaching the end of term and I sincerely hope that there is some reprieve for the school and families when we return after the school holidays. Many thanks to everyone for your support with Covid -19. Unfortunately, this week we have had number of staff who have had to go into isolation due to being close contacts. However, staff have continued to provide classroom face-to-face teaching and remote learning to the students who are in isolation. Many thanks to the staff for their work in providing remote learning to students who are isolating and teaching a class at the same time.


Please take time to touch base with teachers with parent / teacher conferences. It is important that families are aware of how their child is performing in class before reports are sent home at the end of Term 2.


I am advising that we have advertised for a Canteen Manager twice and have not had any applicants. At this stage the canteen may not be operational in Term 2. I am looking at all possibilities to avoid this happening.


We welcome Miss Shona Simpson to our staff as our new School Councillor. Shona will be working with students from next week. Her work days will be Wednesday to Friday inclusive.


Please note that I am away today and Friday.


There will be a P&F Meeting online Tuesday March 29 at 7:00pm.


A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday April 8. School will resume on Wednesday April 27.


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

Important dates

Friday, 25 March - National Ride2School Day

Tuesday, 29 March - P&F Zoom Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, 6 April - Edu Dance Concert

Friday, 8 April - Term 1 Ends

Merit award winners

Year 1G - Youssef, Madison

Year 1W - James, Florence

Year 2G - Barbara, Jeremy, Indigo

Year 2W - Beatrix, Ellen

Year 3G - Amelia, Ethan. F

Year 3W - Noah. K, Zara, Olivia. P

Year 4G - Michaela, Harry

Year 4W - Harry , Giorgio

Year 5G - Emma. R, Gabriel

Year 5W - Chelsea, Carmen

Year 6G - Ava, Lily

Year 6W - Maggie, Maya

Covid-19: When to send your child to school

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

With the first week of parent-teacher interviews coming to a close we wish to remind parents that if they need to change their scheduled interview time they must contact the classroom teacher directly via email.


We trust this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher has been beneficial and integral to our reporting for Term 1.

Seeking a Canteen Manager and School Grounds Worker

Despite our efforts to recruit a new Canteen Manager to commence in Term 2, the position remains unfilled. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this role, please ask them to contact the office.


We are also seeking a School Grounds Worker to prepare the school each morning, from 7 am to 9 am. Again, we welcome your assistance in spreading the word.

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Edu-Dance student performances and costumes

The Edu-dance Concert will take place on Wednesday 6 April for all PP – Year 6 classes (Week 10). Parents are not able to attend this year so all class performances will be filmed and made available to parents.


Students are asked to bring the below Edu-dance costumes with them to school on Wednesday 6 April. Students will change into their costumes prior to their performance and then change back into their school uniform following the dance. Students are also welcome to bring their costume to their Week 9 Edu-dance lesson to participate in a dress rehearsal. Please ensure students wear their joggers/sports shoes, with hair to be tied up unless otherwise stated.

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Thank you P&F - lego Spike kits

A big thank you to our P&F for supporting the learning of students in the robotics and coding technology lessons. The P&F have kindly supported the school by purchasing of a class set of Lego Spike Essentials, topping up our Spike Prime kits plus adding some new challenge mats and the resources to support learning. The new equipment keeps us up-to-date with the latest innovations for robotics and coding field in class and open up opportunities for coding competitions for years to come

Project Compassion 2022

Project Compassion has launched for 2022.


Students have looked at the work Caritas Australia has done throughout the world and the positive impact it has had on many lives. All students in PP-Y6 have been provided with a Project Compassion box and we ask that you generously donate this Lent.


The theme for this year is For Future Generations.


Check out the below real-world story of Project Compassion in action, highlighting how our generosity can assist others.

https://www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion/anatercia-story/

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National Ride2School Day - Friday, 25 March

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel and one of the best days on the school calendar. It is a day full of fun and colour where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • Orders must be placed by 9 am
  • All orders now online: Quickcliq https://quickcliq.com.au/
  • 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,


I cannot believe we are in Week 8, time is flying by this term.


Thank you to everyone who has already put in their hot cross bun orders. Just a reminder that orders need to be in by this Sunday 27th. Details and the link are below. Don't miss out! Don’t forget to put your child’s name and classroom on the order for delivery.


Our second P&F meeting for the year will occur via zoom this Tuesday 29th March at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Click on the Zoom button below to join.


On behalf of the P&F, thank you for your continued support during these unique times. We know it isn’t easy, so we really appreciate it.


Keep smiling!


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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P&F Fundraiser - Hot Cross Buns

Support our P&F Fundraiser by ordering your Hot Cross Buns for Easter!


  • From Lawley's Bakery
  • $8 per pack
  • Three flavours: Chocolate, Fruit and Fruitless
  • Order via the link below before Sunday, 27 March
  • Orders will be delivered to classrooms on 4 and 5 April

2022 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition - 1 week to go

Hello St. Columba’s Families,


1 week to go before our 2022 Dads of St. Columba’s Footy Tipping Competition commences in Round 3


Great to see 19 registrations done already, it would be terrific to have more of you join us for a fun year of tipping and footy banter.


Entry is free and to enter go to https://tipping.afl.com.au/tipping/index.html#/comp/9128/about?code=5E53LT7L, complete your registration and you are set


Regards,

Todd Dawson

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.


Thank you everyone who ordered from Book Club this Term.

We received $428.93 worth of books for the Library!

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Chess Association of WA

Please click the link below
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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 and Friday, 3 June 2022

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

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