St. Columba's Primary School


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Graduating Class of 2019

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Our school year has rapidly come to an end. It has been a very busy term and we are now down to the last day.

We farewell Mrs Sorbi, Mrs Underwood, Ms Shaylor and Mrs Davis who are all leaving St Columba’s at the end of this year. I wish them all the best with their future endeavours and thank them for their contributions to the school community.

A special mention to Mrs Komnick who is leaving to take on the role of Principal at Our Lady of Mercy. All the best and many thanks for the hard work and all that you have contributed to St Columba’s in your time here as a teacher and Assistant Principal.

I would like to thank the school community for the support shown last Friday night for the P&F Sundowner and the student Carol’s Night. There was a huge turn out and the students sang beautifully thanks to the efforts of Mrs McDonald. It was a wonderful community night and the P&F and staff are to be congratulated on their efforts in preparing for the night.

Congratulations to our Year 6 students who participated in their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday night. I would like to thank Mr Popadynec and Mrs Komnick for all their work in having the students ready for the night. To the parents and carers from Year 5 and 6 who were involved in organising the setup of the undercover area and the food preparation and the organisation of the night are to be congratulated on their wonderful efforts. It made the night a terrific celebration.

Many thanks go to Monsignor O’Loughlin, Mrs Komnick and Mr Popadynec for organising our end of year Thanksgiving Mass. It was a very moving occasion with the announcement of the student leaders for 2020 and the hand over from the 2019 student leaders to the 2020 student leaders. A big thank you to all the parents and carers who made time to attend the Mass.

All the best to our Year 6 students as they move to high school and I am sure that they will settle smoothly into high school life and will be great ambassadors for our school. To those families who are leaving St Columba’s we thank you for your help and support throughout your time here and I wish you God’s blessings with your future plans.

The St Columba’s staff is also to be acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to our students throughout 2019. Congratulations to all the students for their efforts and achievements over the year. Some of these endeavours are reflected in the students’ reports sent home this week.

The school Board and P&F are to be commended and thanked for the work they have put into supporting the school community throughout the year both financially and in community. To the many volunteers who have helped with school activities throughout the year, your help is very much appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the office staff as this often goes unnoticed and the school would not run so smoothly without their help.

Class lists have still not been finalised and this will happen towards the end of next week. Class lists will be emailed out to families at the end of next week.

Please note, Term Four concludes for students tomorrow. School resumes for students, Term 1, 2020 on Monday 3 February.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our school community a Happy and Holy Christmas.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Year 6 Award Winners

Mary MacKillop Christian Leadership Award: Abbie Dixon

2019 DUX: Skyla Susanto

The Leadership Award: Emma Loughnan

City of South Perth Citizenship Award: Layla Palermo

Science Award: Matthew Collins and Charlotte Evangelista

The Visual Arts Award: Imogen Messent

The Music Arts Award: Madeleine Pink

Korean Award: Guinevere Algallar

Year 6 Class Award: Sienna McPhie and Angelo Gullone

The Sports Award: Cole Ng Cheong Tin

Students Leaders 2020

Head Boy: Xavier Tilli

Head Girl: Madison Bourne

Liturgy Officer: Celeste McLean

MacKillop Captains: Lachlan Mammana and Matilda Power

McMahon Captains: Connor O'Byrne and Claudia Fiel

Casey Captains: Eva Rechichi

Communications Ministers: Anne Lam and Matilda Cridland

Evironmental Ministers: Lucia La Rosa and Gabriella Flores

Visual Arts Ministers: Cerise Deshon and Sarina Mirzabeygi

Music Arts Ministers: Kara Verrall and Edith Johnson

Staffing 2020

Principal: Allen McMahon

Assistant Principal: Alison Purvis

Pre-Kindy Teacher: Ranelle Dixon

Pre-Kindy Education Assistant: Dee Page

Kindergarten Teachers: Lisa Burnett, Orna O'Brien

Kindergarten Education Assistants: Ciara Walsh, Deanne Page, Donna Timmermans, Sharon Burnett

Pre-Primary Teachers: Jillian French, Jodie Budiselik, Ranelle Dixon

Pre-Primary Education Assistants: Jenny McCollam, Suja Jayadev, Lisa La Rosa, Sarah Cramp

Year 1 Teachers: Bobbie Ogg, Monica Italiano

Year 1 Education Assistants: Rosanne Tilli, Venesa Comito, Sarah Cramp

Year 2 Teachers: Lucy Ferrante, Anita Carbone, Simone Cartwright

Year 2 Education Assistants: Anita Carlisle

Year 3 Teachers: Fran Poole, Gemma Lucas

Year 4 Teachers: Brianna Bechelli, Rose Pezzano (Semester 1), Antoinette Buiks (Semester 2)

Year 4 Education Assistants: Danielle Barth

Year 5 Teacher: Anita Bettell, Lisa Burnett

Year 5 Education Assistant: Ann McBride

Year 6 Teacher: Steve Popadynec

Teacher Librarian: Sandra Malarkey

Library Technician: Alice Shaw

ITC: Leigh Chatt

STEM: Kate Wilkes

Physical Education: Leigh Chatt, Kate Wilkes (Pre-Primary)

Music: Louise McDonald

Art: Melissa Govorko

Korean: Min Kang

Support: Kristie Sadowski, Melissa Govorko, Sharon Burnett

Social Worker: Hilary Campos

Administration: Lorraine Jenaway

Finance Officer: Narelle Foster

Marketing: Sue Griffin

Canteen: Maria Papalia

Grounds: Jim Millen

Cleaners: Harka and Wang

Tomorrow's Events

Friday 13 December

  • School Assembly at 8:50am - Acknowledge Families Leaving
  • Term 4 2019 Concludes for Students

Important Dates for Start of School Year 2020

Tuesday 28 January 2020

School Booklists Available for Collection - Undercover Area - 8:00am to 9:15am

Thursday 30 January 2020

School Office Re-opens - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January 2020

Staff Professional Development Days

Monday 3 February

Students Commence

Sacrament Dates for 2020

Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Sunday 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

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

Reports Available Online

Reports are now available online. Please contact the school office if you require help accessing your child’s report.

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Merit Awards

Congratulations to last week's Merit Award recipient.

Music News

Congratulations to students, staff and parents who together made a wonderful Carol Concert last week. We had a great turn out for the event and the new format worked well.

Students, I have had so many congratulations on your behalf. I know you had fun and I did too. A special thanks to our fabulous Year 6 class who did a great job in running the night and looking after the younger students.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Choir News

The choir performed this week at the Senior Citizens club of South Perth Christmas lunch. It was a lovely concert. Yet again I had so many congratulations on your behalf with many saying it was the best year ever.

Thank you to our parents who accompanied us on the walk to and looked after us on the day.

Musician of the Week

Ella in Year 3P is the Musician of the Week. Ella plays the piano and has been playing for a year. Her piano teacher is Jordan. Her favourite piece is ‘Jingle Bells’. She would like to play the flute in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers


A reminder the school canteen is closed tomorrow for cleaning.

Thank you to Maria and Rita for their work in ensuring delicious healthy options have been available this year for our students.

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Hockey Program at St Columba's Term 1, 2020

Curtin University Hockey Club will be again running a hockey program at St Columba's on Tuesday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am commencing 18 February 2020. To register please email the Amy at First time joining the school CUHC program . . . receive a compolimentary stick and ball package!

Redhage Basketball at St Columba's Term 1, 2020

Redhage Basketball School Program will be back at St Columba's for Term 1, 2020. Girls and boys of all skill level are welcome. Commencing Tuesday 18 February for 8 weeks from 3:10pm to 4:10pm. To register or for more information go to

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