St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 7 | 25 NOVEMBER 2021

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen.

From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community


Last Sunday was nothing short of amazing. The P&F Christmas Fair was an event that had all of our school community involved, raising money for our students. Thank you to Brooke Pink (Fair Coordinator) and to the P&F Executive, Lara Tulett, Larissa Barnao, Louise Deshon and Sarah Mann. Also, to Shannon Whitfield who kept the crowd entertained for the day and to all the volunteers and staff that helped set-up, run stalls, empty bins, cleaned toilets and packed away. You all deserve a big round of applause!


Thank you to Miss Brianna Bechelli and Mr Leigh Chatt for facilitating a wonderful and informative Year 3 Parent iPad Information Session on Monday night. They covered everything to do with the Bring Your Own Device Program offered at the school from Year 4 and the requirements that are needed to make the transition successful. Thank you to the parents who supported this session.


Speaking of transitions … Wednesday morning was a buzz with students participating in the ‘Step-Up Transition’ session. All students from Kindergarten to Year 5 had the opportunity to meet the teachers that will be teaching in their year level for 2022. This brings me to class allocation for students. The current classroom teachers, in collaboration with the Learning Support Coordinator, the Leadership Team (and other key stakeholders, when and where appropriate), will work together to determine classes for 2022. All communication relating to class placement needs to be in writing and addressed to myself. Parents and guardians may choose to meet with the class teacher to discuss the reasons for their request, however, it must still be placed in writing, addressed to myself. While written parent requests for a child to be in a particular class are taken carefully into consideration, it is important for parents to understand that these requests may not always result in the desired outcome. Please trust us and the process that we follow.


Next Tuesday evening will be our Year 6 Graduation. I have had the pleasure to get to know these students and will be very sad to farewell such a wonderful group of young people at the end of the year. A reminder that all Year 6 students are required to wear the correct school uniform for this event. Please keep the Year 6’s in your thoughts and prayers as they conclude their primary schooling at St Columba’s.


Don’t forget our Christmas Carols Evening on Friday, December 3 starting at 5:45pm. This will be our final whole school event for 2021 and all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 are expected to attend. Students to arrive at school by 5.15pm. Further information follows in the newsletter.


Due to the busyness of the final few weeks of school there has been a change to the calendar. Friday, December 10 will now be the Christmas Dress-up for students instead of Thursday, December 2. I encourage everyone to dress-up in all things Christmas and being a gold coin donation. All monies raised will go towards the St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Appeal.


Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


God Bless


Rebecca Clarke

Principal

Important dates

Friday, 26 November - Year 6 Performance

Tuesday, 30 November - Choir Excursion

Tuesday, 30 November - Year 6 Graduation at St Columba's Church at 6pm

Thursday, 2 December - KG Christmas Concert at 2pm

Friday, 3 December - KW Christmas Concert at 2pm

Friday, 3 December - Carols Evening Students to arrive and go to their classroom between 5.15 and 5.30pm for commencement of Carols at 5.45pm.

Wednesday, 8 December - Adventure World Year 6

Friday, 10 December - Christmas Dress Up Fun Day - Mission St Vinnies - Gold Coin Donation

Friday, 10 December - Student's finish

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Woolworths Cricket Blast (WWCB) State Finals - 4th place (out of all schools in the state)

On the 19th November at the WACA, selected students in Years 5 and 6 attended the WWCB School Cup State Finals. The team achieved selection for this competition by finishing in the top 7 at the WWCB Regional Finals. St Columba’s was playing with the top 8 schools in the the whole state, many of whom are much larger schools and fielded only Year 6's. Throughout the day they were under pressure and continued to perform well against some very difficult competition. St Columba's won two and lost two games finishing 4th in the competition with many games coming down to only a few runs. Again, I would like to thank Mrs Edmondson and Mr Dawson who led training and the team at the carnival, plus our many supporters who attended the event.

Our parent helpers created a very close group of students that were all very supportive and encouraging of one another. We are exceptionally proud of these student’s efforts, displaying a high quality of cricketing abilities and being outstanding representatives of the school.


Well Done!!!

Leigh Chatt

All Schools Challenge 2021

We wish all our swimmers competing in the Southside Penrhos Wesley Schools Challenge this Saturday the very best of luck!

St Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. The closing date for all donations is next Friday.


Thank you for your support.

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Library - Week commencing 29 November

Monday - Christine Khose

Wednesday - Nicole Baroni

Canteen - Week commencing 1 December

Wednesday - Jay Wood

Thursday - helpers needed

Friday - helpers needed


We have had some cancellations and require helpers for the following dates:

  • Thursday, 2 December
  • Friday, 3 December


If you are able to help, please contact the office.


If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise the office immediately via email.

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Student Banking Update

For 90 years, the Commonwealth School Banking Program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings, and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.


Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean they are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and they have had to make a difficult decision to close the School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.


Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to our school after this year (final day being Friday 3rd of December), you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver Account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch.


If you need further information, please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

As a gesture of goodwill, every active banker will be eligible for a final reward regardless of the number of tokens collected, so please come, and see the school banking stand on the final day - Friday 3rd of December to collect.

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Fair Report

Fair Report


Wow! What a fun day on Sunday. I hope you all had a fabulous time! This has been a massive project and our entire P&F Team from Lara and the executive committee to all the class representatives, put in such a huge effort all year to bring this to life. A massive thank you to all the hard working volunteers of which there are too many to name. This day would not have been possible without a wonderful support team putting in the hours. To each and everyone of you, your efforts were noticed and I extend my huge gratitude to you all. I would like to make a particular mention of our Compere, Shannon Whitfield, who stepped up at the last minute to fill the role, and I think we can all agree that he did such a great job. Thank you!!


I'd also like to thank our wonderful staff for their support of this day. It meant so much to the children and the families of this school to see your smiling faces there, supporting this day and being part of its success. A particular thank you to our 'Super Stage and Sound Team', Mr Popadynec, Mr Beins and Mrs Mcdonald, and the Master of the Cake Stall, our much loved Mrs Jenaway. Thanks also to our ever patient office staff, Lorraine, Andrea and Amy, for all of their admin assistance throughout the year and Sue Griffin for her promotional and social media help.


Finally, Rebecca Clarke. Thank you for your faith in the plan, and your support, advice and counsel over the past eight months, regarding this event. It has been invaluable!


And.....Just like that..... That's a wrap on the 2021 St Columba's Christmas Fair!

Wishing you all a fabulous end to the school year, magical Christmas and a relaxing summer break. See you in 2022.


Over and out!

Brooke Pink

Lost Property from the Fair

If you are missing any of these items please come to the office for collection.
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Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

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Camp Australia

Bookings now open for "Rocketeers" - School Holiday Fun!

Bricks 4 Kidz

This Summer School Holidays we are running Workshops with LEGO® and Coding with Robotics. Our holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 -12. We have many themes to inspire creativity and fun.


Our Summer School Holiday Workshops are located at the following locations:

  • BRICKS 4 KIDZ City West @ West Perth
  • Providence Christian College @ Southern River
  • Mary Davies Library and Community Centre @ Baldivis

Victoria Park Swimming

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Calendars

School Term Dates

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December