St. Columba's Primary School


"Be a gift of love and compassion for one another."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Our prayers and thoughts are with one of our families who had an immediate family member pass away over the weekend. They are also for Ron van den Beuken who recently passed away. He was father of Romain Meyer (Year 1) and Genevieve Meyer (Kindy) and partner of Caroline Rohana Meyer. The funeral will be held this Saturday 17 August 2019, at 9:30am at St Columba's Parish, South Perth. The school is providing support to the families in the manner they wish.

There have been a number of queries re our school website and out dated information. It is currently being revamped and we would hope that by the end of Term 4 the new version will be up and running.

Congratulations to Mrs Robinson who has accepted a position at another Catholic school as an Assistant Principal. Mrs Robinson will take up the position at the start of Term 4. I wish her all the best and I take the opportunity to thank her for her work while at St Columba’s.

Congratulations to our Robo Cup girls who made it to the finals last week. A fantastic effort and a big thank you to Mrs Van Der Bijl for organising and training them for the competition.

Just a reminder to families, that as a primary school, the Principal does become involved in student issues on a regular basis. I will speak to students for a variety of reasons but usually to circumvent future issues. The involvement can be from discipline issues through to advice on peer relationships and how to make friends and play successfully in the playground. Families should not be alarmed that I have spoken to their child, because if the issue was serious, the school would be in touch with them. With most incidents I am merely giving advice to students and this prevents further issues from occurring. Just because I am speaking to them does not mean that they will be in trouble.

I will be away the last three weeks of this term. I will be overseas attending a course for the Catholic Education Office. Mrs Komnick will be the acting Principal in my absence and Mrs Sadowski will be working an extra day each week to cover for some of Mrs Komnick's admin work.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 16 August

  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • Waste Wise Incursion - Session 2

Monday 19 August

  • Book Week Assembly and Parade - 8:50am
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy

Tuesday 20 August

  • PAF - Choir - 10am to 11am - St. Benedicts Church, Ardoss

Wednesday 21 August

  • APSMO Olympiad Competition - Senior LEAP

Thursday 22 August

  • Whole School Science Incursion - Bricks4Kidz

Friday 23 August

  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy
  • Student Disco

What a Week!

Merit Award

Congratulations to our Merit Award recipients at last week's assembly. Well done!

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 23 August 2019

Year 1B: Harry

Year 1O: Raphaella and Aiden

Year 2C: Paris and Gabriel

Year 2F: Florence and Mateo

Year 3B: Alexander, Giselle

Year 3P: Jack and Cassandra

Year 4: Amelia, Gabriella and Ruby

Year 5: Sarina

Year 6: Gabrielle and Shannel

Year 2 Reusing and Recycling

The children Year 2F recently had the opportunity to meet with Waste Wise and learn all about reusing, reducing and recycling in our every day world. Did you know, that you can make a handbag out of chip packets ?

Junior Robocup State Competition

On Friday, the Robotics groups participated in the Junior Robocup State competition. Both teams have worked hard since the beginning of the year building and programming their robots. The boys choreographed a Jedi battle between Darth Vadar and Luke Skywalker. The girls told the story of Moana and her people setting sail to find new land. The girls’ team was successful in advancing through to the finals which were held on Saturday. Both teams should be very proud of all the work they have put into their performances.

Mrs van der Bijl

Year 6 Pop Art Food

Our New Compost Bin

We are thrilled with the compost bin donated by one of our generous families and we're making great use of it with our lunchtime scraps!

Wellness Meal Competition

Entries due by 3.30pm, Wednesday 21 August (Week 5)

Wellness Week is fast approaching and we are once again running the Wellness Meal Competition. Students are invited contribute an idea for a wellness meal or snack they would like to see available in the School Canteen. Five entries will be selected for the judges to sample, and all students will be able to vote for their choice during lunch time of Tuesday 27 August (Week 6, Wellness Week). The winning meal or snack will feature on the Canteen Menu for Term 3. Please see the entry form attached that outlines the criteria for selection.

All entry forms are due back to the school office by 3.30pm, Wednesday 21 August (Week 5).

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Jordan

We are immensely proud of our piano tutor, Jordan Moore, on his selection as 2020 Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - a huge honour. Despite a busy year ahead, we are thrilled Jordan will be able to continue tutoring our St Columba’s piano students. Congratulations also to Jordan for graduating this term with a First Class Honours in Music Composition.

Artist of the Week

Sienna from Year 6 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen for her Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art self portrait. Sienna loves her collage background. Her favourite thing about art is creating beautiful artwork.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library News

Monday is our Book Week Assembly - 9am

Children come dressed up as a book character or as a super hero (with the book about this person or their interest).

Tomorrow is the last day for all competition entries to be received.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday morning in their Book Week costume!

Library Roster

Monday 26 August - Jenny Collins

Wednesday 28 August - Mary Donovan

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

St Columba's Library

Limited Places in Year Groups for 2020 – Apply Now

We have a few places available next year in select classes. If you know of families moving to the area or looking for a change, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: call (08) 6436 9500 or email


Student Disco - Next Friday 23 August

"Winter Wonderland Disco" at St Columba's. Come dressed in your winter woolies!

For making of props for the evening, any donations of big boxes (TV and fridge size) will be greatly appreciated. Please leave in the school undercover area.

Please complete the RSVP attached below. The RSVP and payment is to be returned to the school office no later than next Thursday 22 August.

Fran Palermo

Disco Coordinator

Fathers' Day Breakfast - Thursday 29 August - 7:45am to 8:30am

On Thursday morning, 29 August, the P&F are sponsoring a Fathers' Day Breakfast. All fathers and important male figures are invited to attend with their St Columba's children (even if it is a non-school day) to enjoy the annual Fathers' Day Breakfast in the undercover area. More details to follow.

Please note: Kiss and Drive will not be operating on this day.

For catering purposes, please RSVP via the link below indicating how many adults and children will be attending by Friday 23rd August.

Fathers' Day Breakfast RSVP

Year 3 Class Reps

VACSWIM October 2019

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October 2019 school holidays. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.

Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

5 tipsters scored an impressive 8 this round. With just two rounds remaining it looks like the race for top honours is now between MC The Best, Scarymans and Wolf Pack 1.

Round 21 Results

Bridie and Carlos – Bridie C with 8 correct tips and margin of 46 points.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 122

2. Scarymans - Mark S - 120

3. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 120

4. O’Eagle - Oliver P - 118

5. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 118

6. Ruparob - Rupa P - 117

7. R-K-S - Rob B - 116

8. Oggace – Brendon O - 116

9. Kennedy 17 - 116

10. Eagle Duke - Duke D - 116

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Altar Serving Training - Holy Family Parish

Altar Serving is a valued role within our Parish community. It involves serving once a month during a weekend Mass (6pm Saturday, 8:30am and 10am Sunday).

A training session will be conducted on Saturday 7 September 2019 at Holy Family (corner Canning Highway and Thelma Street, Como). This is for any child who has made their First Holy Communion or perhaps those who wish to return to the ministry. At Holy Family we have 4 to 5 Altar Servers rostered for each Mass. It really is a great way to get to know others in the community.

Please contact Amanda (93672738) for more information or to confirm attendance.

Amanda Johnson (Edith Year 5)

Community Notices

Council for Australian Catholic Women: Re-Viewing Women and the Bible: A Jewish Perspective

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite women to join us and Rabbi Sheryl Nosan to “re-view” women and the Bible.The roles of women in the scriptures are varied and complex and include women as challengers, change agents, and as inspiration for those working towards greater understanding and equality of ministry. Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6pm to 9pm in the staff room at Trinity College. Light refreshments will be served from 6pm to 6:30pm. RSVP by 18 August: email, phone 93975988 or SMS 0400886835. Parking is available and the Red and Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale Street.

South Perth Baseball Club - Registrations

Play baseball this summer! New players welcome. Junior boys and girls 7 to 17 years of age up to State level senior grades. Register no online or come and have ago at a club pre-season event. Further information please visit website.

Uniting Youth Through Sport - October Basketball Development Camp

Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October at Perth College. Girls and boys from 5 to 14 years of age. All skill levels. To register contact Anna Sykes 0400227030 or Steph Jones 0405141027. Email: Registration Link.

City of South Perth - Protective Behaviours - Free Parent Workshop

Parents and carers are invited to a free community safety workshop presented by WA Child Protection Society. Visit the City's website to find out more information and to register. Tuesday 27 August at South Perth Primary School. Bookings essential.

City of South Perth - Evolve Workshops - Adult and Children Workshops

The program creates opportunities for the community to learn from some of the state's most talented and experienced practicing artists and offers a unique chance for people to get hands-on, practical and theoretical advice from industry leaders and experts. The Evolve program runs throughout the month of August. Follow this link for workshops details.