"Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God."

St Mary MacKillop

Blessed are you, Lord God, creator of all that is good,

for in your mercy you give us work that we may be co-creators with you.

With hands to fashion and form, minds to imagine what has yet to be, hearts to care for what we have made and a spirit to impart to our own creations, we rejoice in the labor you give us.

By imitating you, our God and maker, we continue to shape the world, to name it and claim it and be good stewards of your good gifts through the life-giving Spirit that renews the earth.

So keep us mindful of the power you share with us that we may create only that which leads to peace.

May the work of our hands and our visions and dreams collaborate with your good will, which continues to build for us your kingdom on earth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a smooth start to the year and students and teachers are now well settled into their classroom routines.

The Year 6 camp was a great success! A big thank you to Mr Popadynec and Mrs Robinson for organising camp and to our parent helpers for assisting.

The Merit Award winners at next week's assembly (1 March) are in this newsletter - please check each week for your child's name.

Registration for the URSTRONG Language of Friendship parent-child workshops is now open! A big thank you to the P&F for sponsoring each ticket purchased by $10.

We hope to see many families at Friday's P&F 'Welcome back to school' picnic - 22 February at 5pm on the school oval.

We ask that you keep Mr McMahon and his family in your prayers as he mourns the passing of his mother.

God bless.

Ondine Komnick

Assistant Principal

What a week!

Important Dates Next Week

Friday 22 February

  • P&F Family Picnic



Confirmation: 8 June 2019 at 6:00 PM

Eucharist: 23 June 2019 at 9:30 AM

Reconciliation: 16 November 2019 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Merit Awards - 1 March Assembly

Year 1B - Dinuli Kariyakarawana

Year 1O - Valentine Kaye

Year 2C - Harrison Wright, Sofia Morgan

Year 2F - Aiden Binns, Ruby Kucan

Year 3B - Sophie Schiano Di Cola, Cameron Andrews

Year 3P - India Ng Cheong Tin, Charlotte O’Hara

Year 4D - Grace Edmondson, Saheli DeSilva

Year 5B - Eva Rechichi

Year 6P - Annabelle Keane, Cole Ng Cheong Tin

Art Club

Our Year 6's have organised a series of art activities at lunch time on Tuesdays. The first session involved the Years 4 and 5 making a wool dreamcatcher!

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St Columba's Code of Conduct

These are the 12 Statements in the St. Columba’s Code of Conduct.

  1. You act safely and competently
  2. You give priority to student’s safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
  3. You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
  4. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
  5. You respect the dignity, culture, values and belief of each member of the school community.
  6. You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.
  7. You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.
  8. You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students.
  9. You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
  10. You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
  11. You act reflectively and ethically.
  12. You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.

Next week we will look at the first statement in further detail.

Kindergarten Enrolment 2021

Applications for Kindergarten are now being received to attend in 2021.To attend Kindergarten in 2021 your child needs to have been born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Please submit your completed application form, together with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and Immunisation records to the school office.

Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Application for Enrolment forms are available from the School Website and the school office.

Full Family Details Form

The Full Family Details Form will be sent home with the school fee accounts. The form is a confirmation of all details stored in the school database.

It is imperative that these forms are checked, any changes made, initialled and returned to the school office by Wednesday 6 March. If there are no changes the form is still required to be returned to the school office with your initials confirming details are correct.

As emails and SMS's are an important part of communication from the school to families, we require at least one email address and mobile number per family. Please note that these details are very important should the need arise for us to contact you in an emergency. We would also appreciate if another next of kin contact be listed other than parents for those occasions when neither parent contactable.

URSTRONG Workshops – Thursday 21 March 2019

Register now for our URSTRONG’s Language of Friendship parent-child workshops being held on Thursday 21 March in the school undercover area.

Two sessions:

Year's 1 and 2 - Language of Friendship (Junior)

5pm to 6:30pm

Please click here to register.

Year's 3 to 6 - Language of Friendship

7pm to 8.30pm

Please click here to register.


Tickets are $27.50 per person (both adults and children). Please use the promo code STCOLUMBAS to receive a discount of $10, kindly sponsored by our P&F.

For a parent attending both workshop: only one ticket is required (please let us know if you are attending both in the notes section of the registration form).

Library News

We are always grateful to our parent helpers who shelve books on Monday's or Wednesday's for approximately 30 minutes at 8:50am or 2:30pm.

If you would like to help, please click here for the form to be completed and returned to the office.

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Year 6 Camp

On Tuesday 12 February the Year 6's left for their annual camp at Fairbridge, Pinjarra. They went for three nights and arrived at camp at 10:15 am. The Year 6's all went to their allocated dorms and set everything up. Then they went to the dining hall and ate lunch.

The students participated in a village tour and orienteering activity. They had some free time between 4pm and 6pm followed by dinner. After dinner, they had games and danced along to music. Eventually, they went to bed.

On Wednesday morning the students had breakfast and did some boomerang making and navigated some low ropes. At 12 noon they had lunch and went on the giant swing and zip line. They had more free time and then went to dinner. After dinner students participated in a quiz night and soon after went to bed.

On Thursday morning students had breakfast and then undertook rock climbing and archery. They had lunch and then navigated the high ropes and participated in challenging tasks as part of the Amazing Race. The Year 6's had free time and then went to dinner. Some of the students went back to their dorms to get changed into their pajamas because they were going to watch a movie. After the movie, they went to bed.

On Friday morning students packed their suitcases and bags and went to eat their last camp breakfast. They undertook more high ropes, the Amazing Race then had lunch. The Year 6's then departed Fairbridge and headed back to school. They all thoroughly enjoyed their week.

Year 6 Reporters - Charlotte and Guinevere

TravelSmart to School

Cars are the number one contributor to air pollution in Perth, adding 75% of harmful carbon monoxide emissions into the air. When you are "travelsmart" you are using other forms that are more sustainable for school travel.

By walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport (or event parking the car a 5 to 10 minute walk away, eg Coles/Scutti's), we can help to reduce harmful emissions and see the positive benefits both personally and as a school community. If students are travelsmart, the benefits may include:

  • children arrive at school more alert and ready to learn;
  • It encourages healthy lifestyle and exercise;
  • children and parents get to meet others in their community;
  • children gain skills to safely get to and from school;
  • it reduces motor vehicle traffic and noise around our fantastic school;
  • makes our local streets safer (with less cars).

Please try in Term 1 to have a "Motor-free Monday", "Travelsmart Tuesday or Thursday", "Walk to School Wednesday" or a "Fume Free Friday"!

Mrs Amanda Johnson

(Edith - Year 5)


Family Picnic - Friday 22 February from 5pm

All of our families are invited to a 'Welcome Back to School' picnic this Friday.

When: Friday 22 February from 5pm

Where: School Oval

Bring along your picnic, picnic blankets, chairs and drinks.

There will be an ice-cream van onsite should you wish to make a purchase.

P&F Parent Class Representatives 2019

Thank you to the following parents who have taken on the role of the P&F Parent Representatives for 2019. Class reps are still needed for our Kindy B, Year 2C and Year 2F classes.

Pre-Kindy: Amelia Thornycroft and Marie Ferguson

Kindy B: Class Parent Rep Required

Kindy O: Natalie Limbert

Pre-Primary B: Rosie Parker

Pre-Primary F: Kym Banes and Katherine Higgins

Year 1B: Tracie Murray and Amy Schiano

Year 1O: Emma Whitfield and Monique Bahrami

Year 2C: Class Parent Rep Required

Year 2F: Class Parent Rep Required

Year 3B: Sally Keane and Bianca Mammana

Year 3P: Vanessa Naso and Melissa Condo

Year 4D: Jenny Collins and Natalie Celedin

Year 5B: Class Parent Rep Required

Year 6P: Rupa Pitt and Natalie Dixon

P&F Visitors Car Bay Raffle

Exclusive use of the Visitors parking bay at drop off and pick up for Term 1. Tickets can purchased through your class rep or Brooke Pink. The raffle will be drawn after drop off Monday.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

The Parking Bay will be raffled off each term this year.

Student Banking at St Columba's

Student Banking is held every Thursday morning before school in the library. Thank you to Mrs Vanessa Wainwright for coordinating this for our students. Parent volunteers to assist with the morning are most welcome.
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Trinity College Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020

Applications are invited for Trinity College Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020. To find out more and to access the application forms, please visit the Trinity College website. Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 15 March 2019. Examination date is Saturday, 30 March 2019 (Academic only).

John XXIII College Open Day 2019

Saturday 9 March at 9am. Tours every half hour commencing with Principal's address at 9:30am with the final tour at 11am. Please register at For enrolment enquiries call 93830400.

Kensington PCYC - West Coast Eagles Camp

Kensington PCYC are having the West Coast Eagles at the centre on Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 3:30pm till 4:30pm. Further information:, telephone 93671282.

Relationships Australia - Parent Workshops

Relationships Australia run a number of parent workshops/courses thorough out the year. For further details, please visit the website or phone 61640200.