St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 4 | 19 MAY 2022

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we launched our Jump Rope for Heart initiative and we thank Gemma Lucas for all her hard work in getting the program up and running. This is a great physical activity for the children as well as a fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for 40 years. Families may choose to register their child to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. All prizes provided by the Foundation will be donated to CARITAS and shared with underprivileged children.

NAPLAN ends tomorrow and we have been very pleased with the positive approach by our Year 3 and 5 students.

The Year 5 and 6 students had a great time at the VANS sports carnival this week. This is a fun opportunity for our senior students.

Many families make use of our school canteen, but the service depends on parent volunteers. Please let the office know if you are able to help. It's also a great way to meet other parents in the school.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Important dates

Friday, 20 May - Assembly - 4W

Friday, 20 May - Walk Safely To School Day

Monday, 23 May - First Holy Communion Parent Evening - 6pm

Thursday, 26 May - National Sorry Day

Please note the following change of date for Catholic Day:

Previous date: Term 2 - Friday, 3 June

New date: Term 3 - Friday, 23 September (Pupil Free Day)

Merit award winners - tomorrow

Year 1G - Samuel, Emma

Year 1W - Vudhip, Harlow

Year 2G - Annabelle, Cooper. J, Molly

Year 2W - Alistair, Alexandria

Year 3G - Eden, John

Year 3W - Neala

Year 4G - Angus, Arabelle

Year 4W - Emily.S, Hannah

Year 5G - Caeli, Emma.B

Year 5W - Isabelle, Nate

Year 6G - Noel, Ahliah

Year 6W - Cait, Eva

The above Merits awards will be presented at our assembly tomorrow.

First Eucharist Parent Meeting

Candidates in Year 4 have been busy preparing to receive the Sacrament of First Communion this term.

We invite parents of the candidates who have returned their Sacramental Enrolment form to attend the Communion Parent Meeting on Monday 23 May at 6pm in the St Columba's Church.

The meeting is for parents only and will be facilitated by the classroom teachers, myself, the PREP Parish Coordinator and Monsignor.

The content discussed at the meeting will be the Class/PREP Program, Communion Retreat, Rehearsal and Mass expectations as well as the opportunity for questions.

A Communion Parent Information Sheet will be sent home to families by the conclusion of next week.

I look forward to seeing you, and meeting many of you for the first time, at the parent night in Week 5.

Mary - the Month of May

May is traditionally devoted to Mary, our Mother. This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. The practice of honouring Mary during the month of May has been especially recommended by the Popes.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God.

NAPLAN Online 2022

All NAPLAN Online catch-up testing will be finalised tomorrow for St Columba’s Primary School.

We are proud of our students’ efforts and look forward to receiving the results in Term 4.

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Jump Rope for Heart Comes to St Columba's!

We are excited to announce that students from Year 1-6, will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart this term.

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for 40 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Over the next five weeks, students from Year 1-6, will be skipping as part of class daily fitness. Each week, your child will learn new skills, increase their physical activity, and learn about heart health.

You are welcome to register your child online. By doing this you’ll get access to additional skipping resources to help give your family a great reason to get away from the screens and get outdoors. Register and create your own secure webpage at

By signing up online, you and your child can:

  • Easily raise funds online
  • Track skipping skills progress and earn virtual badges along the way
  • Post updates to your page so family and friends can follow their progress
  • Access additional skipping resources

Your child should have a ‘fundraising guide’ flyer to take home, which includes further information on the program. If you didn’t receive this, visit for all the information that you need.

In alignment with our Catholic school identity, we have decided that all donations and prizes will be collected as a whole school effort. Together we can make a big difference! All prizes earned will be donated to CARITAS and be shared with underprivileged children. All money raised will be given to the Heart Foundation.

Thank you for getting involved in Jump Rope for Heart!

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CAPSS VANS Inter-School Carnival

On Tuesday 17 May at Success Sporting Fields, Year 5 and 6 students attended the CAPSS VANS Inter-School carnival.

The students played in either Volleyball, AFL, Netball or Soccer against 4 other schools. All teams competed at an exceptional level displaying wonderful enthusiasm and team spirit.

All teams reported that the students participated well and improved throughout the carnival.

We are proud of our students' efforts, displaying their abilities over various types of sports and being excellent representatives of their school.

Thank you to the staff for preparing the students and assisting to coach or umpire on the day.

Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to help out where they could.

Well Done!

Walk Safely to School Day

Now in its 23rd year, National Walk Safely to School Day(WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.

It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

All information can found at:

The event will be held throughout Australia tomorrow on Friday 20 May 2022.

The objectives of WSTSD are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
  • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.
  • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
  • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
  • To promote the use of Public Transport.
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
  • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

On Friday 20 May 2022, we encourage everyone to get involved with Walk Safely to School Day. If you can't walk all the way, combine a walk with public transport. If you must use a car, try leaving it a good distance from school and walk the rest of the way.

Year 6 leaders will be at the Alexandra Street gate tomorrow morning from 8:30am with stickers and temporary tattoos for any students who walk to school.

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. Over the coming weeks, we will be exploring each of the nine elements. Please view the video below for an introduction to the framework.

What is the Element - Investigating and Reporting?

Following, or developing and implementing where required, processes that are transparent, fair and clearly understood by the community.

What does this Element look like?

1. CEWA Student Safety, Wellbeing & Behaviour Executive Directive and other CECWA policies are understood and used in investigative, reporting and recording procedures

2. School and CEWA staff recognise the roles of external agencies (such as police, Department for Child Protection and Family Support)

3. Teachers, staff and principals understand their responsibilities in all forms of child abuse, whether sexual, physical, emotional and/or psychological

4. When handling complaints, the wellbeing of the child or young adult is the priority and confidentiality is observed

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Kindy 2024 - Offers for siblings of existing families

If you still have outstanding documentation to submit: Please do so as soon as possible. We will email an offer once this is finalised.

If you have not yet applied for Kindy 2024: Apply online via the enrolment page on the website and ensure all required documentation is included.

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Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • Orders must be placed by 9 am
  • 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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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

Last night the P&F held their third meeting for the year with a mixture of in person and zoom attendances. With a massive agenda, the committee managed to commit to a number of amazing purchases for the school which will benefit the children immensely. You will see information on those purchases over the next few weeks. It is due to the generous donations from the school community that we are able to give back to the children like this.

We have a number of exciting events for 2022 which have now been allocated to each year group:

Pre-Kindergarten: Grandparents Day

Kindergarten: Plant a Tree Day

Pre-Primary: Fathers Day

Year 1: Election Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall

Year 2: Colour Run

Year 3: Grandparents Day

Year 4: School Disco

Year 5 (and P&F Executive): Friend-raiser Event

Year 6: Graduation

P&F and DOSC (Dads of St Columba's): Camp Australia Regional Handball Championships Sausage Sizzle

More information will be shared on each of these events throughout the year and how you can get involved. For now, we would appreciate it if you would share with your family and friends that St Columba's is hosting the Federal Election. We would love for everyone to come and vote at our school and purchase a democracy sausage and delicious baked goods kindly made by the families of the school.

Thank you to the Year 1 families for running the Election Democracy Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall. I would like to make special mention to Chanelle and Frank Arto and Rachel Di Masi and family for generously donating the bread rolls and sausages for the day. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. We have such a wonderful community. If anyone is able to donate something for the Year 1s to sell at the cake stall, that would be a huge help. Donations can be dropped off at reception from lunchtime on Friday.

For those that are interested, I have attached the minutes from Meeting 2 for you to have a look. Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

A standalone Round 9 winner with Tricia A taking the honours with a strong 8 correct tips this week. Terrific tipping Tricia, this sees you jump 2 places into 4th overall.

The Overall Leader board:

1. Binns Clan – David B - 47 points

2. The Merenda Family – Lee M - 47 points

3. Freo Donovan – Pat D - 46 points

4. Trish09 – Tricia A – 45 points

5. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K - 45 points

6. Mat Smith – Mathew S on 44 points

7. Oggace – Brendon O – 43 points

8. JChamps – Jennie D -43 points

Round 10 starts Friday night with Carlton taking on the Sydney Swans – this should be a great game that will see the winner either cement their place in the top 4 or jump into the top 4 of the ladder. The game starts at 5:50pm WA time.

All the best with your tipping.


Todd Dawson

Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Issue 4 has gone home today.

Orders are due Wednesday, June 1.

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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School Term Dates

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 3: Monday, 18 July and Friday, 23 September

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am