St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3, WEEK 2 | 1 AUGUST 2019

"Be a gift of love and compassion for one another."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Important Dates

Friday 2 August

  • NAIDOC Assembly and Undercover Area Naming Ceremony - 8:50am
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy


Monday 5 August

  • PAF - Year 2's Rehearsal 12:15pm to 12:45pm - Mercy College, Koondoola
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy


Tuesday 6 August

  • Waste Wise Incursion - Session 1
  • PAF - Year 2's - 12:45pm to 1:30pm - Mercy College, Koondoola


Wednesday 7 August

  • Waste Wise Incursion - Cleanaway
  • PAF - Year 1's - 11:15am to 12:15pm - Morley Recreation Centre
  • PAF - Year 5 - 1pm to 2pm - Morley Recreation Centre


Thursday 8 August

  • Whole School Mass at 9am - Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
  • Year 5 - Bishops Religious and Literacy Assessment


Friday 9 August

  • Merit Award Assembly at 8:50am
  • Waste Wise Incursion - Session 1
  • Robo Cup - LEAP
  • Year 3 - Bishops Religious and Literacy Assessment
  • School Nurse Screening - Kindy


Please click on this link for the Term 3 Calendar.

What a Week!

NAIDOC Assembly and Undercover Area Naming Ceremony - Tomorrow

NAIDOC Assembly and the undercover area Naming Ceremony tomorrow, Friday 2 August at 8.50am. All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be attending.


Children are encouraged to wear red, black or yellow. Our Year 1O and Year 3B have been asked to wear ALL black as they are presenting the assembly.


Gold coin donations on this day will go towards The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Merit Award

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 9 August 2019

Year 1B: Darcey and Dinuli

Year 1O: Alexander and Michael

Year 2C: Rachel and Isiah

Year 2F: Gabriel and Matthew

Year 3B: Michael and Ivy

Year 3P: Eamon and Keira

Year 4: Scarlett H and Christian

Year 5: Anne

Year 6: Imogen and Abbie

Curious Learners in Pre-Primary

Our curious learners in Pre-Primary choose topics to explore: this week we are astronauts in space; vets caring for animals; a photographer; engineers of tall structures and many more!

Genius Hour – Solving Real Life Problems

During Genius Hour our Year 5 children set out to solve real-life problems impacting our school, such as over-flowing bins, flooding drains in winter, and birds eager to share our lunch! The future is in good hands.

Sustaining our Local Community

Our school’s Waste Wise program aims to demonstrate how our actions and involvement can positively influence the local environment and the lives of community members. For our Waste Wise Audit, we went through the contents of our school bins and had an expert help quantify our impact over a year. 57% of our school's waste is food. Here are things we can all work on to reduce our waste.

Library News

Book Week 2019 - "Reading is My Secret Power"

Follow the link below for all things Book Week 2019 at St Columba's!


Save the date for the Book Week assembly on Monday 19 August at 9am! Children come dressed up as a book character or as a super hero (with a book about this person or their interest).


Library Roster

Monday 5 August - Jenny Collins

Wednesday 7 August - Ratchanee Kingsbury

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club orders are due no later than Monday, 5 August. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP.

Limited Spots in Year Groups for 2020 – Apply Now

We have a few spots available next year in classes other than Kindy – if you know of families moving to the area or looking for a change, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible: call (08) 6436 9500 or email admin@stcolumbassp.wa.edu.au

Parish News

Last week I announced the Altar Server training for new servers who have received their First Holy Communion. They may be girls or boys. I thank Mrs Jenny Collins, the coordinator who will be assisted by her father Mr Bernard Lawrence, the lead Acolyte. Training will take place this Saturday at 3pm. Please contact Jenny (0418944835 or jennycollins3@gmail.com) for more information or to confirm attendance.


Wednesday evenings in the Presbytery there will be an Enquiry in the Faith at 7:30pm. All welcome. Come to the front door of the Presbytery. The text will be available.


Sunday Mass Times: Saturday Vigil, 6pm. Sunday 7:30am and 9:30am which will be followed by a cuppa in the Parish Centre. All welcome.


May God bless you all.


Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Parents and Friends - Retro Music Bingo is Coming!

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

A great tipping week for many and a perfect round for Duke D. Well done Duke as getting every game right in a round this year has proven a difficult task.


Round 19 Results

Eagle Duke – Duke D with 9 correct tips and margin of 17 points.


Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 109

2. Scarymans - Mark S - 106

3. Wolf Pack – Clint P - 106

4. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 105

5. Ruparob - Rupa P- 104

6. O’Eagle - Oliver P - 104

7. Eagle Duke - Duke D - 104

8. Oggace – Brendon O - 103

9. Binns Clan - David B - 103

10. R-K-S - Rob B - 102


Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Tennis Lessons at St Columba's

Tennis lessons are offered to students from Year's 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday at lunchtimes by Marshall's Tennis Academy. Should your children wish to participate, please complete the form below and return with payment to the tennis coach at the Thursday coaching session.

VACSWIM October 2019

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October 2019 school holidays. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.


Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.


Enrol your children in VacSwim now at

education.wa.edu.au/swimming

Camp Australia

Camp Australia are the providers of Outside of School Hours Care programme at St Columba's. For further details, please click here or call 1300105343.

Community Notices

Water Polo Talent Academy (WPTA) - Free Trial Day

The Water Polo Talent Academy is a new external water polo program based at Wesley College. We have an upcoming preseason program for Term 3, welcoming both beginners and more experienced athletes to the sport. The Preseason Water Polo Skills Program begins on Sunday 11 August and runs for 8 weeks through to 29 September. Training sessions will be on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm. It is open for both boys and girls in Years 5 through to Year 9. Come try our program for FREE. 10:30am this Sunday, 4 August, come to our WPTA Trial Day. There are no costs and no obligations. Bring your friends and come try our program at no cost. Further information and registration is provided via our website; www.wptaperth.com


Mixed Martial Arts for Kids - Free 2 Week Trial

Taekwondo for Kids. For further details please contact Anthony on 0402144018 or visit the website.


STEM After School Program - Murdoch University’s South Street

Allows students from as young as 10 years old to explore and extend their interest in Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Classes commence second week each school term. To enrol and obtain registration forms please contact Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy, j.searcy@murdoch.edu.au or phone 0427864740.