St. Columba's Primary School


''love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father ... ” Matthew 5: 38-48

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

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.

God Bless


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

Merit award winners - Friday 13 March

Year 1G - Noah A, Grace

Year 1W - Genevieve, Daniel

Year 2G - Vivaan, Hannah

Year 2W - Michael, Mischa

Year 3G - Vivienne, Luca

Year 3W - Jacob, Emma R, Matthew

Year 4G - Shyla, Ben

Year 4W - Oskar, Keira

Year 5 - Sophia M, Saheli

Year 6 - Xavier, Paige

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Wellness Week

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:( or

Any suggestions and feedback about Wellness Week and the proposed Wellness Lunchtime sessions would be gratefully welcomed by the Wellness Committee.

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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.

Book Club

Thank you to everyone who put in a Book Club order with Issue one. These are the books we were able to purchase for the library with our 20% of sales.

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
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Dads of St Columba's campout 2020

When: Saturday 28 March from 3.00 pm onwards [no earlier please] to Sunday morning

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

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 Thank you for your generosity!

Entrainment Book 2020 - P&F Fundraiser

** 20% off your Membership sale goes directly to our school **

The Entertainment Book is now 100% digital via the app. No more books, but:

  • The same savings
  • The same establishments
  • The same fundraiser support
  • And many extra benefits

Library volunteers


9 March - Mary Donovan

11March - Sheridan Andrews

If you would like to volunteer your services to the library, please email:

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:

16 March

23 March

30 March

6 April


If you would like to attend, please indicate your preference and register via email BY FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

Lots on offer to St Columba's School families

Cathedral Choir

Auditions for Cathedral Choir are currently running and will conclude by 27th March 2020.

Welcome new enquiries from potential choristers all through the year and they can slot straight into the part-time programme.

Stingrays - South Perth Junior Football Club Registrations Female Teams

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 1: Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

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 6pm

Confirmation: Saturday 30 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday 14 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday 14 November at 10am to 11:30am