St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 6 | 11 MARCH 2021
St Patrick’s Day Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
From the Principal
Dear St Columba’s school community,
Last Friday, I was thrilled to attend my first Assembly and listen to our wonderful Year 6 student leaders and be entertained by Mrs Buiks Year 4W class. The messages that were delivered during this assembly really highlighted the importance of respect; respect of ourselves, our friends and families and our whole school community. To finish off last week, the P&F held a very successful Hawaiian Disco which was thoroughly enjoyed by students, staff and parents.
On Monday, the Year 4–6 students participated in swimming trials as a lead up to the Swimming Carnival next week. Thank you to Mr Chatt, staff and parent volunteers for making this a smooth event for all students. Good luck to everyone who is competing in the swimming carnival next Monday. I’m looking forward to cheering on our students as they splash their way down the pool! A gentle reminder that, while parents are encouraged to come along and watch, please do not enter the bays where the students are sitting as they will be supervised by staff.
Next week, there will be a focus on two important feast days. Firstly, St Patrick’s Day will be on Wednesday, March 17 and I encourage all students to dress up in green and bring a gold coin donation. All monies raised will go to the Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal.
Friday, March 19 is St Joseph’s Feast Day. This feast day is significant for the St Columba’s community as St Joseph links directly to our charisms and history. As a school we will be heading over to the Convent Chapel to participate in a liturgy to reflect on the life and teachings of St Joseph. A big thank you to Sister Maree Riddler for helping us organise this lovely event.
Thank you to those who use Kiss and Drive, for displaying their family names to assist with the flow of traffic during pick-up. The congestion is starting to ease which is great to see. A reminder to please not park along Forrest Street as this impacts the Kiss and Drive and causes unnecessary stress for our families and neighbours.
As we approach the weekend, I look forward to seeing those involved with the Sacraments this year at the Sacramental Enrolment Mass on Saturday night and the P&F ‘Welcome Back’ Picnic on Sunday afternoon.
Merit award winners - Friday, 12 March
Year 1W - Mila, Alexander
Year 2G - Aubree, Noah
Year 2W - Neve, Noah K
Year 3G - Gordon, Sienna
Year 3W - Isabel, Taylor
Year 4G - Aiden B, Isabelle
Year 4W - Carmen, Alessandro
Year 5G - Jack, Oskar
Year 5W - Ella I, Rafferty
Year 6 - Grace B, Tyla
Important dates over next two weeks
Friday, 12 March - Year 2W Assembly
Saturday, 13 March - Sacramental Program - Enrolment Mass 6pm Year 3-6 (Compulsory for Candidates)
Sunday, 14 March - P&F Welcome Back Picnic
Monday, 15 March - Swimming Carnival Year 4-6
Wednesday, 17 March - St Patrick's Day - Dress up in Green Fundraiser for the Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal
Friday, 19 March - Feast of St Joseph
Sunday, 21 March - Harmony Day
Monday, 22 March - Harmony Day Assembly - Dress National dress or Orange
Tuesday, 23 March - P&F Meeting 7pm
Friday, 26 March - Year 1W Assembly
Book your Parent/Teacher Meetings
School Fees Payment Plans due
School fee payment plans are now overdue. Those families that have not returned them please do so as soon as possible. If you have not received your statement please inform the office.
Edu-dance - Thursday, 1 April 2021 at 2.15pm
The school has several technology assets for sale
For individual Sale:
- iPad 2's and 4's with a case (ipad 2's also come with a cable)
- iPads have some minor engraving on the back and general minor marks.
- Chargers sold separately $10 (limited numbers)
There is a spreadsheet at the front office for condition/comments on each iPad.
To find further/better specifications on each device please search the model number and/or EMC number online that is on the spreadsheet. All devices have been been factory reset and can be set up for personal use after purchase.
An example of each device is on display at reception.
Purchases can be made via eftpos at reception.
Cases for the iPads come free but are given on a 1:1 purchase with an item and are first in first served.
Disclaimer: all items are sold without warranties and as is (internal condition is unknown). The example devices will only be sold once all others are.
Enrolling for Kindy 2023 - Please tell family and friends
We are now accepting enrolments from the wider community for Kindy 2023 for children born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Please share the message with family and friends.
Siblings of students already enrolled in the school are required to have an Application for Enrolment completed.
Interviews will commence next term.
Please submit applications for enrolment along with copies of the required documents - you can email, post or drop the documentation at the office. The non-refundable application fee of $50 for new families is paid via EFTPOS at the office or over the phone.
Join us in seven days of Prayer for the Year of St Joseph
Canteen Menu - Have you seen our new canteen additions?
Cold rice salad (available on the Thursday only special)
Home made pizzas (available on the Thursday only special)
Warm chicken salad wrap (available on the Friday only special)
The P&F Disco was a great success! All of the children had a blast. A huge thank you to all the volunteers on the night. A big thank you to Brooke Pink for assisting Fran Palermo.
Sadly this was Fran's last disco and we would like to say a huge "Thank you" to her for all the many years of organising the disco that every student has been able to experience and enjoy. Thank you so much.
As of next year Brooke Pink has agreed to take over from Fran. She has big shoes to fill. Thank you Brooke.
The Hot Cross Buns are going well. Please don't forget to order and ask family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours. Remembering that we raise $4.35 from every 6 pack to go towards further playground upgrades.
We will be selling raffle tickets for the visitors carpark bay near the office for morning drop off and afternoon pick up in Term 2, which I'm sure we would all love to win. Tickets go on sale the last week of this Term $2.00 a ticket or 3 for $5.00.
We have booked The Peter Rabbit 2 movie for Sunday 28th March at 2.30pm Cygnet Theatre. Trybooking opening soon. A great way to start Easter and the school holidays. We have been waiting a long time for this movie release.
Can't wait to see you all on Sunday for our "Welcome Picnic" from 2pm to 5pm. The children will have fun on the inflatables. Please chat and welcome all the new families.
BYO picnic, drinks, rugs, chairs, even a gazebo if you want shade. See you there!
P&F Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser
First fundraiser for the year – please support our ongoing efforts to upgrade our playgrounds with major projects underway right around the school!
Deluxe Hot Cross Buns fresh from Lawley's Bakery
$8.50 per 6 pack
3 varieties; traditional, chocolate, fruitless
Try Booking now open for orders, must be in by next Friday, 19 March.
Hot Cross buns will be delivered to classrooms on Tuesday March 30th and Wednesday March 31st – just in time for Easter!
Order two packs – one to eat and one to freeze!
Containers for Change
At school containers can be placed into the big blue bin outside the pedestrian gate between Kalyara Mia and the library.
Hello Parents and Families,
The Football season is now only one week away.
Time is ticking to get registered for the Dad’s of St Columba’s (DOSCA) Footy Tipping Competition.
Please see Lorraine or Andrea in the office and pay your $20 registration to receive the access code to register online and start tipping.
All funds raised contribute to our St Columba’s P&F.
There will be regular prizes throughout the year for highest tipping in a round and closest winning margin in the first game of the round.
We look forward to having a bit of fun in 2021 with DOSCA Footy Tipping.
Vic Park Hockey Club Registration
Associates Rugby Club (SOAKS) Junior Rugby Flyer
2021 SPJFC Female Teams Invite
Girls only AFL Football Clinics
Tuesday, 23 March at 7pm
Tuesday, 11 May at 7pm
Tuesday, 15 June at 7pm
Tuesday, 10 August at 7pm
Tuesday, 7 September at 7pm
Tuesday, 26 October at 7pm
School Advisory Meetings
Wednesday, 24 March at 7pm
School Term Dates
Term 2: Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 1 July
Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December
Pupil Free Days
Term 2: Monday, 19 April
Term 3: Tuesday, 8 June, Friday, 2 July, Monday, 19 July
Term 4: Monday, 11 October