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

We have had a great start to the term. The students have settled in well and are well on track to meet the terms requirements.

From 2020, St Columba’s will have a new Assistant Principal. Miss Alison Purvis has been appointed to the role and will be a full time Assistant Principal with no teaching role.

There are a number of families walking through the Kiss and Drive car entry. Please be aware that this is not an entry spot for pedestrians. Families entering on foot near the Church must enter through the Church pedestrian gate not the car entry gate. I would also ask that families do not use mobile phones during Kiss and Drive. In the interests of our students’ safety please follow these protocols.

I am advising families that classes will be reshuffled in preparation for the 2020 school year. The teachers will look at a number of criteria in reorganising the classes. As always it is a school decision where students are placed and parents are asked not to request particular teachers as this is a decision for myself as Principal.

Please find attached information regarding a school survey on the school climate. I would ask families to please take time to complete this survey as it will help the school continue to grow and improve. There is an internet address and code at the top of the sheet that families will be required to enter to access the online survey.

The school Board and P&F AGMs are being held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Kalyara Mia undercover area. Please find attached information and nomination forms.

A reminder that students will finish school this term on Friday 13 December 2019.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 25 October

  • World Teachers Day
  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • Interschool Athletics Carnival - Selected Students - Year 3 to 6

Monday 28 October

  • Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 6pm

Tuesday 29 October

  • Edudance - Year 1 to 6 - Sports Uniform

Wednesday 30 October

  • Grandparents and Friends Prayer Service presented by Year 3's

Thursday 31 October

  • Pre-Kindy Photos

Friday 1 November

  • All Saints Day Whole School Mass at 9am
  • EduDance - Pre-Primary

What a Week!

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Join Us for Grandparents and Friends' Day

On this occasion, we thank grandparents and friends for their love and support.

8.30am: Open classrooms for Years 1 to 6 to show their work.

9.15am: Prayer Service in the Church

9.45am: Morning Tea (All children receive a cupcake at recess.)

Children may sit with their grandparents in the church. Students who do not have a grandparent or friend attending will sit with their teachers. Please return the permission slip if you would like a grandparent or friend to walk your child to and from Church.

Kindy and Pre-Primary will celebrate the occasion in their classrooms.

Grasshopper Soccer

We've been practising our soccer skills in Physical Education, with the help of Grasshopper Soccer coaches. Another great opportunity to hone our skills and learn about teamwork.

Scitech Challenge Day

On Tuesday, two Year 5/6 teams participated in the Scitech Challenge Day. The challenge: How might we re-purpose materials to design a product that improves life at school? Both teams displayed initiative, team work and innovative thinking as they designed their prototype. Congratulations must go to Guinevere, Skyla, Edith and Matilda who were awarded 1st place in their group with their design for a mobility scooter.

Both teams had to interview another school to determine a need and design a product that would cater for that need. The school they were designing the products for had students with visual impairments and mobility problems. The girls made a mobility scooter so that children with mobility problems could move around the school more easily. The boys designed a lift so that all students with disability could feel safe and included at school.

Year 6's RAC Excursion

On the 24th of September 2019, the Year 6's went to the Old Mill to participate in the RAC Imagine Program. There were 6 activities to do. Students were split into five groups beforehand, and each group rotated around the different activities. The 6 activities were: Virtual Reality of a RAC helicopter rescue experience, a tour around the Old Mill, a ride on the driverless RAC Intellibus, AV Technology, the coding behind the Intellibus and creating your own form of transport for a specific client. We learnt many interesting facts as we undertook the activities. Overall, the Year 6's enjoyed themselves, as it was a fantastic experience.

By Charlotte and Guinevere

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Artist of the Week

Gabi in Year 6 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen for her beautiful Japanese painting. To make her artwork, Gabi used black ink and water. Her favourite thing about her piece is the shading. Gabi finds art fun because she can use her imagination to do lots of different things.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

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.

Kiss and Ride Not Just for Cars

There are other ways to get your children to school, like one of our Kindy mums who uses pedal power. November is WA’s Ride to Work Month, so why not ride to school with the family – our Kiss and Ride welcome bicycles!

Scholastic Book Club

Orders are due no later than Monday 28 October 2019. Please note, late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via loop.

Thank you for the continued support of our Book Club at St Columba's.

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 28 October: Jamie Horner

Wednesday 30 October: Sheridan Andrews

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.

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

Outdoor Yoga at St Columba's

Wednesday after school . . . free outdoor Yoga classes for the children and families of St Columba's. This 30 minute session is designed for wellness of your body, mind and soul through Asanas, balance, breath and meditation. Bring your enthusiasm and a mat if you have one.

You will find us at the bottom oval of the St Columba's grounds from 3:15pm to 4pm. Send Shalini a message should you have any questions 0403233338. Look forward to seeing you there!

Redhage Basketball at St Columba's

Redhage Basketball School Program has commenced at St Columba's for Term 4. It is not to late for students from Year 1 to 6 to join in. Tuesday's from 3:10pm to 4:10pm.

Further details visit

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 everyone has settled back into school for the last term which is already going fast.

We had our P&F meeting on Tuesday night and it was a big one with lots of discussions. I thank everyone who came and voiced their opinions and advice. It's what we like - community discussion.

The final net amount raised from the Bingo night which was held on the 13 September was $13,800. Thank you to the wonderful businesses and families for the many donations received and for everyone's help.

We have our annual tea towel promotion on at present. $15 each - a great gift or to put in your child's memory box from school. Thank you to the Kindy Reps for organising these this year.

The children have been working hard with Mrs Govorko in their art classes creating 'art on cards' that will be able to be purchased through Cards for Cards Online. More information will follow next week. A great fundraiser and gifts.

Remember to put in your calendar the school Christmas Concert and the P&F Sundowner on the Friday 6 December. We have booked a pizza food truck to assist with feeding families with the rush from work. More information will follow.

The P&F committee and all the class representatives will be going to dinner on Tuesday 26 November to say a big big Thank You for the very hard and time consuming work that has been done this year. No gifts are to be bought for your class reps as the dinner is their thank you gift.

EduDance has started and is being enjoyed by all classes.

Have a great weekend.

Lara Tulett

P&F President

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 to return to the school office no later than next Friday 1 November 2019.

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

Community News

Western Sprint Swimming Club

Swm this summer with Western Sprint Swimming Club at Trinity College. Before and after school squads, racing and swimming lessons. Beginner to elite. Make friends and have fun. Further details call 0424122556 or visit the website.

Reds Volleyball Club Spikezone Program

The Reds Volleyball Club’s Spikezone program has recently commenced at Aquinas College. Spikezone is a modified version of Volleyball designed for primary school students in Years 3 to 6, where they can learn volleyball in a fun, game orientated learning environment with accredited coaches. Enquiries to Zak Dempsey or via the Reds website.

South Perth Tennis Centre - Come and Play Day

The South Perth Tennis Centre is organising a ‘come and play’ day on 16 November which is open to everyone. Register your interest at

Local Free Skateboarding Clinics

City of South Perth together with Skateboarding WA offer a variety of free skateboarding clinics throughout the year at Manning Skate Park. For more information or to register visit the website.

Science Team Education

Family Science Show titled “Lightning: So Frightening” is being held at at Parkwood Primary School, Parkwood on Thursday 14 November 2019 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. fFor further information, or to book, please email by 13 November 2019.

Bricks4Kidz Term 4 after School at St Columba's

Bricks4Kidz is again being offered after school on Wednesday afternoon in the library. Please contact Bricks4Kidz directly for all the details - 0415829511 or

Please click here for the enrolment page.