St. Columba's Primary School


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Let me wake up every morning and be

Thankful for the wonderful life you have given me.

Help me to see the good in things.

Guide me in the way that I get to show the world my gifts.

I thank you for my health, love, abilities, friends and family.

Today I am grateful


From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please note that the Sacramental Enrolment Masses this weekend have been rescheduled to Term 2.

Once again the rules have changed regarding Covid Protocols in schools. At this stage, St Columba’s has remained basically free of Covid positive students and parents, unlike numerous schools which have had classes and many students in isolation.

The new protocols are now on the WA Health website. I will not go through them now, but as and when I need to, I will provide and send home relevant information. I would suggest you take time to log onto the WA Health website yourself and make yourself aware of the new protocols.

Please be aware that these protocols are continually changing and I expect them to continue to do so. We are expecting the Covid peak to be at the middle or end of next week. This may mean that there will be students and/or staff in isolation. There will be remote learning put in place for students who do have to isolate.

These Remote Learning Protocols have been sent home in an earlier newsletter. We have three classrooms on the borderline of needing air purifiers and these are on order through CEWA and I expect them shortly.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Friday, 18 March - Sacramental Enrolment Forms Due

Friday, 25 March - National Ride2School Day

Merit award winners

The next merit awards will be in Week 8.

Korean Performance Contest

Congratulations to Aiden (second place award) and Caleb (fourth place award) on their achievements in the Korean Performance Contest in the artworks category.

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Parent Teacher Interviews - bookings now open

Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place in Weeks 8 & 9 this term. Interviews will be 10 minutes in duration and take place over the phone. The online booking system is now open - please login and book a time.

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Swimming Carnival reschedule for Term 4

We are excited to announce the rescheduled dates for the swimming trials and carnival for Years 4 - 6 are as follows:

  • Swimming Trials will be held on Wednesday 12 October (Term 4, Week 1).
  • Swimming Carnival will be held on Wednesday 26 October (Term 4, Week 3).

CEWA Childsafe Framework

This framework of nine elements combine supporting a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices. Please view the video below for an introduction to the framework.

What is the Element - Rights of the Child?

Recognising each child and young person’s right to be heard and to have a voice in all decisions affecting them.

What Does this Element looks like at school?

*Matters affecting children and young adults are heard and understood from the child or young adult’s perspective.

*Children and young adults participate in designing, implementing and assessing programs.

*Children and young adults are aware there are policies and processes in place to support them.

*CEWA actively encourages schools to provide a variety of opportunities to raise their concerns and worries.

*Concerns and worries raised by children and young adults are taken seriously, and their needs and ideas are carefully considered.

*The safety of the child or young adult is the priority in decision making.

*Self-esteem and confidence of children and young adults is supported with training to foster self-assertiveness.

*Protective behaviours curriculum is taught and integrated.

Project Compassion 2022

Project Compassion has launched for 2022.

Students have looked at the work Caritas Australia has done throughout the world and the positive impact it has had on many lives. All students in PP-Y6 have been provided with a Project Compassion box and we ask that you generously donate this Lent.

The theme for this year is For Future Generations.

Check out the below real-world story of Project Compassion in action, highlighting how our generosity can assist others.

Sacramental Enrolment Masses Update

Please be advised that after discussion with Monsignor O'Loughlin the Sacramental Enrolment Masses, scheduled for this weekend, will be postponed until Term 2 due to COVID restrictions.

The rescheduled date of the 2022 Sacramental Enrolment Mass will be Saturday 14 May at 6pm.

Parents are still asked to send in the Sacramental Enrolment form (sent home previously) with accompanying documentation to classroom teachers by next Friday 18 March (this has been extended by a week).

School Fees - payment option forms now overdue

Payment options forms are now overdue; all families are to complete a form. These can be handed in at the office or emailed to
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National Ride2School Day - Friday, 25 March

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel and one of the best days on the school calendar. It is a day full of fun and colour where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

Canteen - help urgently required on the following dates

16 March - Wednesday

30 March - Wednesday

31 March - Thursday

6 April - Wednesday

7 April - Thursday


Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • All orders now online: Quickcliq
  • No Cash - icy poles, ice creams and small treats need to be ordered online.

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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Parish News

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P&F News

Happy Week 6 Everyone.

On behalf of the P&F committee, we hope that everyone is doing well during this unusual term. We understand that our weeks are full of uncertainty and potential confusion with multiple school events being rescheduled, postponed or even cancelled. For this we are truly sorry, and like many of you, disappointed. However, rest assured. the P&F committee are still in regular communication as I know you all probably are with your relevant year groups. Please reach out if you need any support or clarification during this time.

We have been busy putting our heads together for our fundraising goal for 2022 and how we plan to get there. So keep your ears and eyes open over the next few weeks as your class representatives will be touching base with you all.

Soon we will commence planning and looking forward to providing our wonderful school with events and fun activities as soon as we are given the green light. Hold tight!

Our next P&F meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 29th March at 7:00pm (zoom meeting). You are welcome to join us, so please reach out to myself or Renee if you intend on doing so. Once again, if you have any fundraising ideas, goals or general queries relating to the P&F please contact us or your class representative.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we hope to see you all soon. Thankyou for taking the time to stay updated with the P&F news.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

2022 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

Welcome to our 2022 Dads of St. Columba’s Footy Tipping Competition.

If you are interested in entering the tipping this year, a couple of changes from previous years will simplify competition registration.

Entry is free and to enter go to, complete your registration and you are set for a fun year of tipping and footy banter.

Due to current COVID protocols and assemblies not occurring we wont have the prizes for weekly round winners, we will continue to acknowledge and celebrate these fine feats through the Newsletter each week.

The full year tipping winner will be immortalised on the perpetual DOSCA Footy Tipping Trophy!

The competition will start on Round 3, Thursday 31st March so plenty of time to get individual family members or family registrations completed.

If you have any questions please drop me an email at or call on 0447730656

Happy tipping in 2022!


Todd Dawson

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

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Curtin University Hockey Club - Saturday Hockey Programs

Click the link below

Quick Stix After School Lacrosse

Please click the link below

Chess Association of WA

Please click the link below

Shape the Coode Street Foreshore

Click on the link below to complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 voucher
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School Term Dates

Term 1: Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April 2022

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September 2022

Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022

Pupil Free Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 26 April and Friday, 3 June 2022

Term 3: Monday, 18 July and Friday, 19 August 2022

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Saturday, 12 March at 6pm

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am