St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 5 | 5 MARCH 2020
''love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father ... ” Matthew 5: 38-48
Message from the Principal
The children are now settled into their classroom routines and they are learning, forming friendships and getting involved in the many activities and specialist programs on offer at St Columba's.
We will be conducting Kindy 2022 interviews early next term; please let family and friends know if you think they may be interested in joining our community.
Well done to the Year 4 to 6 students who participated in Friday's swimming trials - swimming is an important life skill and, regardless of where children place in races, we are proud of their efforts.
Next week is Wellness Week. As articulated in our school's Strategic Plan, we believe that developing wellbeing practices for the mind, body and spirit nurtures the growth of the whole child. By providing an environment in which wellbeing practices are fostered, students will develop a meaningful connection to God, a strong sense of self and a connection to the wider community.
Important dates for next week
9 March - 13 March - Wellness Week
9 March - Halogen Leadership Conference Year 6 Student Leaders
11 March - Swimming Carnival Years 4-6
14 March - Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass 6pm - Years 3, 4, & 6
Each term we shine a spotlight on Wellbeing throughout Wellness Week. At the start of the week, students make a Wellbeing Pledge and commit to an activity to nourish their body, mind and soul. Shalini McCullough (mother of Talin, Yr 2, and Kedar, Pre-K) will lead each class through a Wellbeing practice such as mindful breathing, meditation, mindful eating or walking. And on Thursday everyone is encouraged to bring a ‘waste free’ lunch and recess to contribute to the wellbeing of our planet.
No homework is set during Wellness Week, and families are encouraged to instead choose a wellness activity together in preference to individual screen or TV time. Ideas might include (but not are limited to): an activity from your child’s Wellness Pledge, reading, going on a walk or playing a game, planning, preparing and eating a healthy meal, naming all the things you are grateful for each day, going to a church service where you can receive Communion or a blessing and be reminded in community that you are loved by God.
Our commitment to Wellness at school extends beyond one week a term. In line with our Strategic Plan, we also want to create regular opportunities to foster wellbeing practices at school, and will be offering a Wellness Lunchtime activity once a week throughout the year. Activities might include mandala colouring, sketching, contemplative prayer, breathing exercises, yoga, pilates and musical recitals. To celebrate and share the rich and diverse talents and interests of our school community, we invite anyone who can gift their time to run a 25 minute lunchtime Wellness Session to please get in touch with the Wellness Committee:(email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Any suggestions and feedback about Wellness Week and the proposed Wellness Lunchtime sessions would be gratefully welcomed by the Wellness Committee.
Dress orange for Harmony Day - Mon 16 March
On Monday 16 March the children will be celebrating Harmony Day. There will be an Assembly at 9 am to acknowledge the many nationalities that make Australia a great Nation. Children are asked to come dressed in traditional costume or to wear their sports uniform with something orange e. g. orange socks, ribbon, shirt, shoe laces etc. A gold coin donation per family will be given to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who distribute new books to remote indigenous communities in Australia.
Return Fees Payment Option form by next Wed 11 March.
Annual school fee statements were emailed to all families last Friday 28 February. If you have not received your statement please contact the front office.
Please return your Fees Payment Option form by next Wednesday 11 March.
New catalogues are going home this week.
The closing date for delivery at the school is Monday, 16 March 2020. We will no longer be accepting cash payments. All purchases and payments will need to be done online from now on - NO CASH ACCEPTED.
DOSCA Footy Tipping 2020
That time again to watch the preseason form guide and injuries as it is now two weeks away until start of the AFL season for 2020. Got what it takes to challenge reigning champ ‘Wolf Pack 1’? I am sure you do, so don’t hesitate to register for the year.
Please see Lorraine in the office and pay your $20 (please have the exact amount) registration fee to receive your code for the Dads of St Columba’s AFL Tipping site – it’s that easy!
We will also have weekly prizes for each round such as highest tips and closest winning margin for the first game of the round. All money raised will go towards the P&F and contribute to school community initiatives.
Happy tipping!Todd Dawson
Dads of St Columba's campout 2020
Where: Lower Oval, St. Columba Primary School
Cost: The cost will $20 per family Bring: Camping gear, torches, drinks, nibbles, etc. *Please note this is a smoke free and nut-free event as per school policy.
Food: BBQ sausage sizzle will be provided for dinner. Brekkie [bacon & eggs rolls, tea & juice] will be provided on Sunday morning.
For further details contact: Dave Palermo 0412 249 002 email@example.com
Class Rep for 3W - we still need you!
Class Reps play a vital role in our school community - supporting the teachers and bringing people together. Please consider volunteering for this important role and speak with your child’s teacher if you are interested.
We are still seeking volunteers for Year 3W.
Donations for Project Compassion
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Each child has received a donation box. These are due back to classroom teachers by the 30th March. For further information on how you can help https://lent.caritas.org.au/# Thank you for your generosity!
9 March - Mary Donovan
11March - Sheridan Andrews
If you would like to volunteer your services to the library, please email: Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name; Child's Name/Year Level, Best Day/Time: Monday - 8.45am; Monday - 2.30pm; Wednesday - 8.45am; Wednesday - 2.30pm
'Circle of Security' workshop - let us know your preferred date
Proposed Monday dates:
6PM - 9PM at FATHER BRENNAN CENTRE
If you would like to attend, please indicate your preference and register via email email@example.com BY FRIDAY 6TH MARCH
Lots on offer to St Columba's School families
Welcome new enquiries from potential choristers all through the year and they can slot straight into the part-time programme.
Important Dates 2020
School Photos - Wed March 25
Mother’s Day Breakfast - Fri May 8
St Mary of The Cross - Fri Aug 7
Father’s Day Breakfast - Fri Sept 4
School Open Night - Thur Sept 17
School Athletics’ Carnival - Fri Sept 18
Grandparents and Friends Celebration - Fri Oct 23
School Board and P&F AGMs - Tue Nov 10
School Term Dates 2020
Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Thursday 2 July
Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December
Pupil Free Days 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April
Term 3: Friday 3 July, Monday 20 July and Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October
Sacrament Dates 2020
Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Saturday 14 March at 6pmConfirmation: Saturday 30 May at 6pm
Eucharist: Sunday 14 June at 9:30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 14 November at 10am to 11:30am