St. Columba's Primary School


"Trust in God who helps you in all things."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Tomorrow we will have All Saints Day Mass at 10:00am. All parents and carers are invited to attend. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the Year 3 students who will be making their First Reconciliation on Saturday 16 November.

A reminder that the P&F and School Board AGMs will be held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Kalyara Mia undercover area. Many thanks to the people who have nominated for the School Board positions in 2020. Just a reminder that the Board role is to oversee school finances, and its members are not involved in the day to day running of the school, employment of staff or the set school budget. The P&F roles are to raise money for resources for the school and organise community building events within the school and wider community.

A survey was sent out last week for families to complete. It is also attached to this newsletter, I would ask families to complete it by Wednesday 13 November. The information from the survey will help the school plan for the future.

Sincere thanks go to the P&F and the Year 3 classes for organising Grandparents and Friends Day yesterday. There was a huge turnout and it was a great success. I would like to thank Mr Chatt and the parents involved in organising our Interschool Athletics squad and the training that prepared the students for the day.

We had some great individual successes and overall it was a very successful carnival.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 1 November

  • All Saints Day Whole School Mass at 10am
  • EduDance - Pre-Primary

Monday 4 November

  • Mission Week
  • Numero Competition - Selected Students

Tuesday 5 November

  • EduDance - Year 1 to 6 - Sports Uniform

Wednesday 6 November

  • Morning Tea for Kindy B and Kindy O Parents with Hilary Campos - 9am to 10:30am

Thursday 7 November

  • Student Banking - 8:15am - School Library

Friday 8 November

  • Year 1O Assembly - 8:50am

What a Week!

Merit Awards

Congratulations to award recipients at last weeks assembly.

Merit Award Recipients for Friday 8 November Assembly at 8:50am

Year 1B: Gordon and Aiden

Year 1O: Mischa and Lennox

Year 2C: Spencer and Sofia M

Year 2F: Theo and Chelsea

Year 3B: Lillyann, Maggie and Oskar

Year 3P: George

Year 4: Larston and Teresa

Year 5: Lucia, Celeste, Eva and Kara

Year 6: Charlotte, Chanelle P and Skyla

Remember Mission Week Next Week!

A reminder that next week is Mission Week. On Friday the Year 6's will be running stalls that vary from bowling, water balloon cricket (your child will not get wet), pie face and many more. Each turn will cost around 20 cents to 50 cents. If students win a game, they will win a prize. Prizes range from lollies to stickers or small toys. Please provide your child with some change so they can enjoy and participate in the games. Remember, all the money raised goes to the poor.

By Guinevere and Charlotte

Kindy Parents - Come Along to Morning Tea

Kindy parents are invited to join our School Social Worker, Hilary Campos, for a morning tea on Wednesday 6 November, from 9am to 10:30am in the Father Brennan Building.

Year 1 Learn About Baptism

Our Year 1 children are enjoying learning the Sacrament of Baptism and recalling their own Baptism, visiting the church with a doll to re-enact a Baptism. We’ve also learnt about the symbols of Water, Oil, Candle and the White Garment. We’ve read the story about Jesus' Baptism, and John the Baptist as well.

ASCS Interschool Athletics Carnival

On Friday 25 October selected students from Years 3 to 6 attended the ASCS Interschool Athletics Carnival. The students represented St Columba’s, competing against five other schools, over various events including race distances, turbojav, shot put, long jump, relays and games. The students were wonderful at cheering the school and its competitors on. At the end of the carnival our athletics squad was awarded fifth place based on average points per student. We came third in the schools raw score and the most represented school for student awards.

A special congratulations to Cole, awarded Year 6 Champion Boy, Lachlan awarded Year 5 Runner-up Boy, Anna awarded Year 5 Champion Girl and Isabella awarded Year 4 Runner-up Girl. We are proud of our students’ efforts, displaying their athletic abilities and being excellent representatives of our school. A big thank you to Mr Popadynec, Mrs Davis and our many parent helpers for they time to assist with coaching the squad leading up to the event.

Leigh Chatt

Physical Education Specialist

Artist of the Week

Anna in Year 5 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen for her Still Life drawing. Anna's favourite part of her art is the cactus. She used charcoal to draw and shade her work. Anna loves art because she can use her favourite colours.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Sophie C in Year 3B is the Musician of the Week. Sophie plays the piano and has been playing for 4 years. Her piano teacher is Miss Chai. Her favourite performance is when she played the ‘Pumpkin Boogie’. She would like to learn the flute in the future.

Buy your bamboo toothbrush!

Nearly every single toothbrush made since the 1930s is still out there in the world somewhere, living on as a piece of trash. Recycle your plastic toothbrush, make the world a little greener, and get your own non-toxic, bamboo toothbrush which returns back to the Earth to breakdown.

On sale from Week 4 until stocks last, outside the school library. Support Year 6 and be part of the change!

School Uniform Shop - School Bags

The school Uniform Shop has a supply of school bags for sale at $55 each. The school Uniform Shop is open Tuesday mornings from 8.30am to 9am. They will also be available for purchase from the school office.

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 4 November: Natalie Low

Wednesday 6 November: Chia Sim

Annual Schools Swim Challenge 2019

The annual schools swim challenge will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23 November 2019. The event is run by SSPW and is a fun swimming carnival with many schools from surrounding areas participating in the event

All students from Years 3 to 6 are welcome to register and swim for St Columba's. Individual races include 50m and 25m Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke and swimmers can choose any or all of the strokes and their preferred distance. Relays of 6 x 25m will also be held at the end of the event. The first four girls and boys, from each school, for each swim category, are awarded points for their school. The carnival focuses on being a fun afternoon for swimmers.

Where: Wesley College Pool
When: Saturday 23 November 2019
Time: Arrive for Warm Up at 2.30pm. Competing starts at 3pm to 6pm (approximately)

Cost: $10 (TBC) per swimmer (includes entry, sausage sizzle and drink).

If you would like to join the St Columba's swim team please email or text (before Friday 15 November 2019):

Rebecca Evangelista (Charlotte - Year 6) - email or mobile 0405140874


Deanna Power (Matilda - Year 5) – email or mobile 0402346835

Kindy 2020 Places Have Become Available

Due to an unusually high number of enrolled families moving out of Perth or interstate, a few Kindergarten places have become available for 2020. Our Kindy is usually booked up two years in advance, so this presents an opportunity for local families who may have missed the 2020 interviews.

We also have limited places in other select year groups for next year.

Please contact the school administration for application for enrolment details.

Parents and Friends

The P&F hope that all the Grandparents and Carers that came to the celebration yesterday enjoyed themselves. I would like to give a huge thanks to the Year 1 class reps for organising a wonderful morning tea and to all the Year 1 parent volunteers. A big thank you to all for contribution of the many delicious treats. Fantastic village support.

Thank you to the beautiful choir for blessing us all with your wonderful singing.

Next week is a busy week with Mission Week. The children will be having a lot of fun. The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is just around the corner. The continued support from our school community is greatly appreciated by those who need additional help over the Christmas season.

Don't forget to order your tea towels. Details below.

Our children's cards are online to view with 'Cards that Count'. Children have been given their codes. If any problems, please ask your classroom teacher. They make wonderful gift with your children's art work on them. The P&F received $5 from each pack purchased.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Lara Tulett

P&F President

Dads Interested in T20 cricket game

Dads of St Columbas – if you are interested in a T20 Cricket game at Morris Mundy Reserve, Kensington please place Sunday 17 November from 2 to 5pm in your calendars now. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter to register your interest.

'Cards that Count' Fundraiser

“Cards That Count” information has been sent home student's with their unique code. Parents are able to view their child’s artwork and order packs of cards should they wish. Should you have any enquiries or difficulties ordering, please contact Samantha at ‘Cards That Count’ directly -

P&F Tea Towel Fundraiser

The children, last term, have busily crafted their fabulous self-portraits and best artistic interpretations of their teachers to be made into tea towels of the whole school. The tea towels make a wonderful memento or a great gift.

Tea towels are only $15 each.

To order please follow the link below for the Order Form for completion and return to the school office tomorrow, Friday 1 November 2019.

Camp Australia Out of School Care at St Columba's

Community Notices

Mercedes College 2020 Enrolments

A sound education is an investment in the future of your daughter. Mercedes College is committed to providing an affordable education for those families seeking an all girls’ Catholic education in the Mercy tradition. For those families wishing to explore options, the Principal is always available to speak with you. Vacancies are still available for 2020; for more information please contact the Enrolment Officer on 93231323.

Team Tennis WA - Have a Shot - Hensman Park Tennis Club

Juniors and adult tennis coaching with fully qualified professional coaches. Holiday activities, Tiny Tots Tennis and Racquet Club. For all the details contact Mark Leuba at or phone 0400470189. Email with the code word "ACE to receive a 20% discount!

Faith in My Life Journey - St Joseph's Parish, Subiaco

This inspiring annual event, an initiative of the women of the parish of Saint Joseph, is on Thursday 14 November at St Joseph’s Subiaco starting at 7:30pm. Guest speakers Vicky Burrows (Executive Director, Mission and Ethos, Mercy​Care), Maureen Helen (Author) and Tor Taranto (Perth Cana Communities) will talk about their personal life experiences in the context of faith and their spiritual life. To allow time for reflection, a music ensemble will play pieces selected by the guest speakers. Light refreshments will follow. A gold coin donation for Perth Cana Communities will be collected at the event. All welcome.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend 2020

Your marriage is too important not to invest in! Apply to be on the first Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend for 2020. Numbers are limited, so don’t miss out. Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 March 2020 at Yidarra Catholic Primary School, Bateman. To apply contact Brendon and Valerie on 0424220625, email or visit the website. CEWA allows time on the weekend to be credited as six hours of ongoing renewal for Catholic school teaching staff.

VacSwim 2019/20 Summer Holiday Swimming Lessons

Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons! With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water. VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as five years old. There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at