St. Columba's Primary School


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Just as Jesus died and has risen again, so through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be brought to life.


Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

We have completed our School Cyclical Review and received an extremely good report on the processes that we have put in place to ensure the school continues to improve into the future.

Please keep in mind our Year 3, 4 and 6 students as they make their Sacraments over the next few weeks.

The Christmas Carol Concert will be held on Friday 4 December. It is a requirement that students from PP to Yr 6 attend, as each class will be singing a carol to families. The carol singing for all classes and should take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The evening will begin with the Choir singing from 5:45pm and then classes from 6:00pm. Families are asked to social distance while watching the student perform. The evening will conclude around 7:00pm.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 11 December. Students will start school in 2021 on Monday 1 February.

Our Year 5 students held their speeches and elections on Tuesday for the 2021 Year 6 Student Leadership roles. I would like to thank Mrs Bettell for preparing the students for their speeches. The students spoke extremely well and very confidently. The positions will be announced at the Thanksgiving Mass on December 10. Our Year 5 students are also going on their overnight camp to the Zoo next week. I know that this will be a wonderful experience that students are looking forward to.

I wish to advise families that double stream classes have been shuffled in preparation for the start of the 2021 school year. The teachers looked at a number of criteria in determining the split. This includes academic, social, friendship and gender. The school will look at family requests however, the decision as to which student goes into which class ultimately rests with the school.

The P&F AGM is being held next Tuesday November 10 at 7:00pm in Kalyara Mia. We are seeking nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The School Board AGM will be held on Tuesday November 10 at 7:00pm in Kalyara Mia. There have been two nominations for the two positions that were vacated.

Last Friday we celebrated World Teachers Day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of St Columba’s for their dedication and professionalism to the Teaching Profession,

and the care that they provide for our students.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Friday 13 November

Year 1G - Zara, Grace, Fidelia, Noah K, Xavi, Kai K

Year 1W - Kate, Marielle, Genevieve, Oscar, Kieran, Jackson

Year 2G - Aiden L, Orlando, Marcus, Valentina, Isabella, Johanes

Year 2W - Max, Toby, Ari S, Charlotte

Year 3G - Alessandro, Annabelle R, Ciara, Milani, William, Maya

Year 3W - Asher, Sofia, Chelsea, Emma R, Rachel, Isiah

Year 4G - Cassandra, Ben, Cait, Shyla, Joshua, Ava

Year 4W - Giselle, Maya, Ahliah, Genevieve McGrath, Lucas

Year 5 - Scarlett C, Scarlett H, Larston, Chloe, Grace B

Year 6 - Edith, Celeste, Eva, Xavier

THIS FRIDAY: Choir pizza night

Our Wednesday and Thursday Choir groups have their pizza night this Friday. A reminder that students will go to the music room when the bell rings at the end of the day. All students are to be collected by parents at 8 pm.

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MONDAY: Wear colours for NAIDOC Day

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

MONDAY 9 NOV: Students are invited to wear a tshirt or accessory in the colours of the Aboriginal Flag - Black, Yellow or Red. Sport shorts or tracksuit pants are to be worn.

Gold Coin Donation to ILF (Indigenous Literacy Foundation)

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Artist of the week

The Artist of the Week is Dinuli with her amazing Babushka Dolls! Dinuli's favourite thing about her artwork is how she used all her favourite colours and the different watercolours. She loves drawing and her favourite colour is pink. Dinuli loves to create art especially with pencils and watercolour paints.

Sarina and Cerise, Year 6 Art Ministers

Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award 2020

Special Merit to Dinuli Year 2 Green

In keeping with core Society objectives and to honour the late Phillip Pendal, founding member, first President of the Society, local Politician, Author and Journalist. This award has been offered annually since 2010. The Society are proud to present this competition which provides a focal point to encourage the City’s young residents to participate in the recording and research of our heritage. Prizes offered up to $1,000.00. The students prepared their submission for the award in the own time.

Congratulations Dinuli on your wonderful effort.

Can you sing at the Sacramental Masses?

A reminder that we are looking for students to sing at our First Holy Communion and Confirmation Masses. Please let me know if your child is available to attend either of the Masses:

Library closed

The library is closed this week to make way for a new classroom .This means that the children will not be borrowing books and library lessons will take place in their classrooms until further notice. All books will be packed away until the wall has been built and the shelves have been relocated to the new area of the Library.

Ziggies Educational Supplies supporting schools

Ziggies Educational Supplies is a WA family owned business. By ordering your child’s Personal Items List products through Ziggies, the school receives a commission: in 2020 Ziggies gave back approximately $400k to WA schools.

Ziggies proudly support the Make A Wish Foundation by donating $1.50 of every click and collect order. Only quality branded products are supplied (not home brands). We encourage you to support a locally WA owned and operated business who continues to support WA schools and in the process, help raise valuable funds for our school.

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P&F Ninja Warrior Fundraiser

  • All money raised goes towards new playground equipment and Nature playground.
  • All students to wear sport clothes and bring a spare pair of socks as they may get a little wet. Please apply sunscreen at home before school.
  • Please do not send any cash into the school.

As this is a P&F Fundraising Event, all funds raised are to be transferred via the following fundraiser link


Thanks to Outdoor Active South Perth

Our Ninja Fundraiser is sponsored and supported by Mel Cathie of Active Outdoor Fitness - thanks for your generous support!

Outdoor Active specialises in Group Outdoor Personal Training. Get fit and have fun in a socially friendly environment. @OutdoorActiveSouthPerth · Fitness trainer

P & F Community Picnic - 15 November

Please remember the P&F Community Picnic RSVP form is due back to the teacher by Friday 6th November.

Picnic is on Sunday 15th November at 2pm onwards.

P & F Tea Towel Fundraiser

Your children have drawn their face, along with the class. It is a great gift idea or to put in their memory box from school.

Cost $15 each. Orders close on 6th November 2020


If you have any queries please email

Camp Out refunds

DOSCA 2020 Camp Out Payments

For privacy reasons the P&F have been unable to email the families that had paid to attend the 2020 Camp Out as stated in last week's newsletter.

Unfortunately it is not an option to hold the funds over as a credit for next year’s camp. As 2020 has been a challenging year for the P&F to raise funds we invite you to consider donating your payment to the development of the Nature Playground in the Pre-Primary. Alternatively we can issue a refund to your nominated bank account once we receive the details from you via email.

If you would like to request a refund or have any queries please email by Friday 13th November.

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Beacon is a free Parent Cyber Safety Educational App

Designed to keep parents and carers up to date with trusted, tailored information to help them teach their children to interact safely online.

The Beacon App is the result of a decade of WA research on children's technology use, cyber safety and parent behaviour, funded by Bank West and Telethon Kids Institute.

CEWA through our Child Safe Framework, is committed to modelling healthy and respectful relationships for our students both in the physical and online environments. We would like to share this resource with you.

Sustainability - selling our Worm Wee Fertiliser (Thursdays at Year 2)

As of next week we will be selling the schools worm wee fertiliser made from our very own worm farm. Worm wee is great for fertilising your gardens and works wonders on fruit trees.

If you would like to purchase some of our worm wee a stall will be set up on Thursday mornings outside the year 2 classrooms. This worm wee is concentrated and will need to be diluted before you use it on your garden.

Please bring:

1. Your own container

2. A gold coin donation

St Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Thank you for your outstanding generosity! We have already received some donations but please continue to bring in your donations to the basket in each classroom. The closing date for all donations is the 24th November Thank you for your support and giving so generously to others.

Canteen helpers roster

Week Commencing 9th November 2020

Wednesday -

Thursday - Jamie Horner

Friday - Christine Khose

We urgently need volunteers for Wednesday or Thursday. Please let the office know if you would like to help out.

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

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On Friday 13 November, nine students from Year 5 and 6 will be competing in a Robocup Competition. The school entered two teams in the competition named "The Circus Girls" and "The Retro Gods". Both teams compete in an onstage performance in the novice division of the Robocup . Students' at school had the opportunity to see both teams performance at the last assembly that also provided a good opportunity for those teams to practice in front of a crowd. We wish them all the best and, if chosen, represent the school on the Saturday in the Finals.

Leigh Chatt

Soklich & Co Jewellery

Would you like to see your students artistic skills turn into a piece of incredible jewellery? Each year, Soklich & Co. Jewellers run a student jewellery design competition for both primary and secondary students. This gives students the chance to design their own piece of jewellery, with a chance of it being hand-made into an actual piece of jewellery.

The winning student will receive a $500 Soklich & Co. Gift Voucher along with $500 Cash to go to their school Art Department.

Chorister for a day event coming up at Cathedral - 22 November

School Term Dates 2020

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

P & F Ninja Warrior Fundraiser - Friday, 6 November.

Naidoc Day - Monday, 9th November. - Gold Coin Donation.

Naidoc Week Assembly - Monday, 9 November.

Board and P&F AGM - Tuesday, 10 November.

Remembrance Day Service - Wednesday, 11 November.

Constable Care Incursion - Wednesday, 11 November.

Year 5 Zoo Camp - Thursday, 12 November.

Year 2 Assembly - Friday, 13 November.

Year 3 Reconciliation - Saturday, 14 November.

P & F School Picnic - Sunday, 15 November.

Confirmation Parent Information Evening - Monday, 16 November @ 6pm.

Kindy 2021 Information Session - Tuesday, 17 November @ 9am.

Pre-Kindy 2021 Information Session - Wednesday, 18 November @ 9am.

Eucharist 4W - Saturday, 21 November @ 6pm.