St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to acknowledge the wonderful EduDance concert on Tuesday, particularly given the very hot weather. Many thanks to the staff for accommodating the changes that were made to ensure that the students were not adversely affected by the heat. I would also like to thank the many parent and family comments on how the concert ran and how well the students welfare was catered for. As always, the welfare of the students is at the forefront of any decision that the school makes.

I would ask that families take time to read the newsletter. There have been quite a number of phone calls as to when the last day of school will be. This date has been in the newsletter since the start of the term.

Also a reminder that school office hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Rechichi family whose grandmother Betty passed away this week.

A reminder that students will finish school on Friday 13 December and begin Term 1 in 2020 on Monday 3 February.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 6 December

  • Pre-Primary Assembly - 8:50am
  • Art Exhibition Award Presentations at Assembly
  • Carols Concert and P&F Sundowner

Sunday 8 December

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Second Sunday of Advent

Monday 9 December

  • Kindy B Christmas Nativity Reflection
  • Pre-Primary Excursion - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - Fremantle

Tuesday 19 December

  • Kindy O Christmas Nativity Reflection
  • Choir Excursion - South Perth Senior Citizens Club
  • Year 6 Graduation Mass - 6pm

Wednesday 11 December

  • Year 6 Excursion - Adventure World

Thursday 12 December

  • Whole School Thanksgiving Mass at 9am (PP to Year 6) - Year 6 Student Leaders 2020 will be Announced
  • Instrumental Music Concert - 11:15am

Friday 13 December

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

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last weeks award recipients pictured.

We look forward to our Pre-Primary's assembly tomorrow morning at 8:50am. The Art Exhibition Awards will also be presented at the assembly. Parents and carers are all welcome to attend our assemblies.

Year 1 Incursion - 'Educated by Nature'

On Thursday 28 November the Year One students had an incursion facilitated by Educated by Nature. The session began with the children jointly creating a story with the educator, Trudy. The students then went off into the nature play area to live the story that was in their imagination. Every child’s story was different. It was fantastic seeing the children build “castles”, “caves”, “Dragon Dens”, build barriers to protect their castles and mix up all sorts of potions. It was safe to say the children all had a wonderful time in our Nature Play area on the oval! Please enjoy reading a couple of our stories.

The Clever Giant

Once upon a time there lived a big giant who lived in a castle. His favourite thing to do was plant carrots in his big garden. One day a fierce dragon came to eat the big giants’ carrots. This giant was very clever and knew that someone would take some of his carrots. At that moment the giant saw that the dragon was going to eat his carrots. The giant knew that no one likes loud sounds, so he ran outside with this radio and put the volume to the loudest volume. The dragon did not like the sound, so he dropped the carrots and flew away. The End.

By Dinuli (1B)

The Kindness Hut

One beautiful sunny day in an enchanted forest far, far away, a forest full of trees and danger. There was a group of people, those people were Harry, Eamon, Nathan, Xavier and Aiden. One day we decided to make a hut, so we gathered sticks and twigs. We also gathered stretchy things that connect the sticks together. After we made the hut, we decided to rest. When we woke up, to our astonishment the hut was gone! We saw a track that lead into the woods, we followed that track. A goblin had stolen it, he said he did not have a home. So we let the Goblin keep it. The Goblin said “Thank you, you are all very kind.”

By Eamon (1O)

Year 5 Zoo Camp

Last Thursday the Year Five's spent the night camping at the Perth Zoo. We had a fantastic time learning about how the Perth Zoo cares for the animals in captivity, especially those that are native to Western Australia. Activities that we participated in were ‘Race to Save’ where we had to search for clues placed at different animal enclosures around the zoo. We also learnt about how the zoo provides enrichment for the animals in their care and went on a Night Walk.

Highlights of the camp were:

  • going on the Night Walk,
  • sleeping on the mattresses in the Barn,
  • Race to Save,
  • Mr Power’s scary story.

The Year Five class would like to thank the parent helpers Mrs O’Byrne, Mr Power, Mr Cridland and Mr Reuten, as well as Mr Popadynec and Mrs Bettell for supervising and making sure we had a good time.

Year 6 Students

Coding and Robotics for Years 3 to 6

Coding is the language of the digital world and robotics is a fun way to learn it. From next year all Year Three to Six children will have the opportunity to learn about coding and robotics in class. Leigh Chatt, who teaches Physical Education, will also be our Robotics Specialist teaching alongside class teachers. This engaging program not only develops skills in coding, but also problem solving and critical thinking.

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Children may send a Christmas card to a friend or teacher by posting it in the Santa Mailbox which will be outside the library from Monday next week. Year 5 students will deliver the mail to classrooms every day. Please ensure that you clearly name the child or teacher who is to receive the card, as well as the grade or class name (eg Year 3B or Year 3P) on the front of the envelope.

Inserting small toys or lollies like candy canes is discouraged.

Things to Remember

Carols Concert and P&F Sundowner . . . Tomorrow Evening

Join us tomorrow evening for the Carols Concert, with a sausage sizzle beforehand and family picnic afterwards.

Bring your picnic and enjoy a kids' disco, snow machine, volleyball and craft table for letters to Santa.

Canteen Days Next Week

The canteen will be open next Wednesday and Thursday only. Orders are to be placed via Quick Cliq Online Canteen or at the canteen no later than 9am. Please be aware being the last week of the school year, some items may not be available.

Family pack orders are to be received no later than Wednesday morning, 9am. Pick up is on Thursday.

The canteen will be closed next Friday, 13 December 2019.

Reports Available Online Wed 11 Dec

Reports will once again be available online from next Wednesday, 11 December. Please contact the school office if you require help accessing your child’s report.

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2020 Booklist - Support Ziggies Education Supplies

  • By ordering your child’s Personal Items List products from Ziggies Educational Supplies, the school receives a commission on your purchases. Last year, Ziggies gave back approximately $400k to WA schools.
  • Ziggies are a WA family owned business and sponsor many Educational conferences and fundraisers for schools each year.
  • Ziggies proudly support the Make A Wish Foundation.
  • Only quality branded products are supplied (not home brands).
  • Please help support a local WA business and help raise valuable funds for our school.

The new cut-off date for parents to place booklist orders and to choose shop or school collection has been extended to 8 December 2019.

Donate Unwanted and Pre-Loved Stationery


We will have collection bins out in the last week of school for donations of unwanted and pre-loved stationery to recycle, repackage and re-gift to families in WA experiencing financial difficulty.

Give Write is a local Western Australia Not for Profit organisation with a purpose to provide school stationery to give kids in need the tools to succeed.

School and Community News

Artist of the Week

Sophia from Year 4 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen because of her ship artwork. Sophia's favourite thing about her piece is that it has texture, collage and lots of detail. She likes Art because she thinks it’s fun. She is inspired to draw by the Youtube artist Natalia Medej.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Molly Palermo in Year 4 is the Musician of the Week. Molly plays the piano and has been playing the piano for a year. Her piano teacher is Jordan. Her favourite piece is ‘A Million Dreams’. She would like to continue the piano in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library News

A SPECIAL thank you to the wonderful ladies who came in on Monday and transformed our Library Fiction shelves. They cleaned and helped to reorganize the books and shelved all with a smile on their faces. We are so very grateful and love seeing the sparkling shelves.

Sandra and Alice

Library Roster

Monday 9 December: Jamie Horner

Wednesday 11 December: Sheridan Andrews

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!

Community Notices

Soda and Pop Dance - School Holiday Workshop

School holiday workshop on 22 January 2020 from 11am to 3pm Guest Teacher. Dance, drama, singing plus intro to Acro. Non-competitive, dance for fun, dance for fitness. Contact Monique on 0428452750, email or visit the website.

The Mt Lawley District Cricket Club Coaching Camp

Are you looking for a week of cricket for the kids in the school holidays? The Mt Lawley District Cricket Club is providing kids with some quality coaching and information so they can take what they learn away with them and use it in their cricket development. Further details visit the website. The camp is open to girls and boys between the ages of 7 till 14 years old. Special deal: Early bird offer by COB 31 December 2019.

Team Tennis WA - Juniors and Adult Tennis Coaching

Keep the kids busy these Christmas holidays! Pre-Christmas classes on 18, 19 and 20 December 9am to 12noon and January 2020 Flexible Holiday Program. Register your interest to .

Carnaby Kids Sports 2019/20 Summer Program

To register or for further details about the Carnaby Kids Sports Program click here.

Vic Park Junior Squash Club

Keen to try a fun new sport? Squash is all-weather (indoors) and great for fitness. For children aged 9+ at the Vic Park Leisurelife Centre on Wednesdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm during school term. For further information contact Sue Hillier (coach) on 0400789943, email or visit the website.

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

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