St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Our prayers and thoughts are with a school family and the Stephenson family who both had family members pass away recently. These times are not always easy and the support of friends and family is always much appreciated

Our Year 5 students held their speeches and elections on Monday for the 2020, Year 6 Student Leadership roles. I was extremely impressed with the way the students delivered their speeches and the confidence and thought that was put into them. I would like to thank the students for the effort they put into preparing and delivering their speeches. We will advise students and families of who was elected to the various roles at the school Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday 12 December. Parents will be notified on the Friday before so that they may attend the Mass if they wish. The formal student induction will occur at the start of Term 1 next year. There will also be a special handover ceremony at the Thanksgiving Mass between the 2019 and 2020 Head Boy and Girl.

A reminder that the final school fees for the year have been sent out and if parents are having difficulty paying please make an appointment to see the principal. There are still a number of outstanding accounts. Could families please finalise these as soon as possible.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 13 December. Students will start school in 2020 on Monday 3 February.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 29 November

  • Merit Assembly - 8:50am
  • Maths Competition Certificates presented
  • St Vincent de Paul - Collection of Hampers

Sunday 1 December

  • First Sunday of Advent

Tuesday 3 December

  • Pre-Kindy Celebrations
  • Edudance Concert

Thursday 5 December

  • Pre-Kindy Celebrations

Friday 6 December

  • Pre-Primary Assembly - 8:50am
  • Art Exhibition Award Presentations at Assembly
  • Carols Concert & P&F Sundowner

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last weeks award recipients pictured.

Merit Award recipients - Friday 6 December at 8:50am.

Year 1B: Orlando, Emily S, Denim & Giorgio

Year 1O: Harry S & Nathan

Year 2C: Annabelle R, Vivienne B and Nate B

Year 2F: Ciara H, William W and Maya V

Year 3B: James, Siri

Year 3P: Shyla, Ella, Joel and Nikola

Year 4: Grace B, Sophia M

Year 5: Anna, Andrew, Connor

Year 6: Madeleine

Things to Remember

Last Chance to Bring in Goods for Hampers

Tomorrow morning is the last opportunity to contribute to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Please ensure that all donated items are not due to expire for another 6 months.

We thank you for your kind support of this worthy cause.

The baskets will be presented to a representative from St Vincent de Paul at our assembly tomorrow morning.

Reports Available Online Wed 11 Dec

Reports will once again be available online from Wednesday 11 December. Please contact the school office if you require help accessing your child’s report.

Login to SEQTA:

All Library Books Due by Monday

This week was the last week for borrowing as the Library will be shut for stocktake. Please remind your children to return library books by next Monday.

Many thanks to the willing helpers who have done a fantastic job of shelving books this year. We could not have done it without you. Thank you also to our fabulous Library Monitors, Imogen and Sienna B who have done a wonderful job this year.

Have a safe and happy Christmas.

Mrs Malarkey - Teacher Librarian

Mrs Shaw - Library Officer

Library Roster

Monday 2 December: Jenny Collins

Wednesday 4 December: Mary Donovan

Library Busy Bee - Helpers to Sort Books

Monday 2 Dec

Parent helpers to sort books

Can you help sort out the books in the Library? If you can help, pop by after drop-off 8.50am and lend a helping hand. Thank you!

Carols Concert and P&F Sundowner next Friday

Friday 6 December

Join us next Friday for the Carols Concert, with a sausage sizzle beforehand and family picnic afterwards.

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Sausage sizzle for the children. Register free on Trybooking for catering purposes (the link will be sent soon) and bring cash on the night to pay.


Bring your picnic and enjoy a kids' disco, snow machine, volleyball and craft table for letters to Santa.

Donate Unwanted and Pre-Loved Stationery


We will have collection bins out in the last week of school for donations of unwanted and pre-loved stationery to recycle, repackage and re-gift to families in WA experiencing financial difficulty.

Give Write is a local Western Australia Not for Profit organisation with a purpose to provide school stationery to give kids in need the tools to succeed.

School and Community News

Artist of the Week

India from Year 3 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen for her outstanding oil pastel art! India's favourite thing about her artwork is that it is really colourful. She likes art because she thinks it’s fun and enjoys colouring in with markers. India is inspired to do art by her uncle as he is very artistic.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Angelina Lam is the Musician of the Week. She plays the piano. She has been playing for one and a half years. Her favourite piece is Fur Elise. She would like to continue playing the piano in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

51 Students in Australian Mathematics Competition

Each year, students from Year's 3 to 6 are invited to sit the Australian Mathematics Competition. This year, 51 St Columba’s students elected to sit this Australian wide Competition. Congratulations go to all students who entered.

Well done to the following students:

Louwin (Year 3) - High Distinction
Oskar (Year 3) - Distinction
Larston (Year 4) -Distinction
Xavier (Year 5) - Distinction
Sienna B (Year 6) - Distinction
Skyla (Year 6) - Distinction

Certificates will be presented to these students at tomorrow’s assembly.

2019 SSPW Schools Challange

Thank you to all the amazing St Columba's swimmers at the SSPW Schools Challenge last Saturday. St Columba's performed awesomely, finishing 9th overall. We had some very impressive individual swims, notably from the Year 3’s - Cassandra, was the fastest Year 3 girl for 50 freestyle and placed 3rd overall. Jack and Chayse were 3rd and 4th in the 50 breaststroke, and Chayse placed 4th overall. St Columba's has a bright swimming future.

Our relays also performed spectacularly with both the girls 3/4 and 5/6 relays finishing runner up champions.

Thanks again.

Deanna and Rebecca

Year 3 Visits Kings Park

Year Three's excursion to Kings Park was enjoyed by all. The students took part in the 'From Firesticks to Fireworks' program which supported their learning about Western Australian history. They also explored the Naturescape to connect with nature and appreciate the unique environment. The Year 3's were very fortunate to have Kerry-Ann Winmar join them on the excursion to share her knowledge of Nyungar culture. Thank you to Kerry-Ann and all the parents who volunteered their time on Thursday.

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Community Notices

Fencing Have-a-Go Weekend on 14-15 December 2019

UWA Fencing Club, in conjunction with Fencing Western Australia, is offering a free opportunity to have a go at the modern sports of Olympic and Paralympic Fencing in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability. The have-a-go weekend will run on 14-15 December from 9am to 4pm at the UWA Claremont Gymnasium. Visit for more details.

School Term Dates for 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 for 2020

Term 2: Tuesday 28 April

Term 3: Friday 3 July, Monday 20 July and Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October