St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the Year 3 students who will be making their First Reconciliation on Saturday morning. Many thanks to Monsignor O’Loughlin, Miss Bechelli and Mrs Poole for preparing the students. Reconciliation certificates will be handed out at the Merit Assembly next week.

Just a reminder to families that the supervision of the school playground equipment does not happen before and after school. If students are playing on the equipment during these time without a parent or adult in attendance then the students will be asked to move off the play equipment. Parents or adults are required to be in attendance as a student may fall and hurt themselves and hence the adult needs to be in attendance to monitor the students’ safety. Some of the P&F parents organise structured play on the top playground before school. Please note that this does not come under the supervision of the school staff. Also a reminder that if during play on the play equipment after school and there is an issue between children then the issue is to be sorted out between the families who are in attendance during this time. The school is not responsible for student behaviour once a child is with a responsible adult, outside of school student supervision times.

Many thanks to all who made time to attend the School Board and P&F AGM's on Monday evening. Thank you to the following members of our school community for nominating and being elected to the following roles.

2020 P&F

  • President: Lara Tullet
  • Vice President: Larissa Barnao
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Treasurer: Vacant

2020 School Board:

Anthony Rechichi, Natalie Low, Jose Flores and Talia Huxtable.

Congratulations everyone for accepting these positions. We still need a P&F secretary and P&F treasurer. If someone would consider taking on these roles it would be greatly appreciated.

Please note, that next year the classroom teachers from Year 3 to 6 during their technology lesson each week, will have Mr Chatt working with each classroom teacher to deliver dedicated Coding and Robotics lessons.

Today we welcomed Miss Alison Purvis to the school. Alison will be our new Assistant Principal in 2020.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 13 December 2019.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 15 November

  • Year 6 Assembly - 8:50am
  • 2020 Pre-Kindy Parents Information Meeting - 9am
  • Choir Pizza Night

Saturday 16 November

  • First Reconciliation - 10am to 11:30am

Monday 18 November

  • Wellness Week Commences
  • Yoga - Years 5 & 6

Thursday 21 November

  • Year 3 Excursion - Kings Park

Friday 22 November

  • Merit Award Assembly - 8:50am
  • Years 5 and 6 Volleyball Excursion - Beatty Park
  • Yoga

Save the Date - Thursday 12 December

  • Instrumental Music Concert from 11:15am in the Kalyara Mia

What a Week!

Year One O 'This is Me!" Assembly

Year 1O reminded us all about the importance of staying true to ourselves, regardless of the jobs we do when we grow up. Their super cute musical included 'This is Me' and 'Dance Money' had everyone clapping along!

Merit Awards

Congratulations to last weeks award recipients pictured.

Next weeks assembly Merit Award recipients - Friday 22 November at 8:50am.

Year 1B: Michaela and Matilda

Year 1O: Valentina and Leighton

Year 2C: Harry and Carmen

Year 2F: Annabelle F and Maya V

Year 3B: Genevieve and Lucas

Year 3P: Francesco and Ben

Year 4: Holly S, Lola, Xavier, Sohfia V

Year 5: Gemma, Gabriella and Angelina

Year 6: Xavier and Abigail

From the Office

School Fee Accounts

Thank you to those parents that have paid their outstanding school accounts. We still have a number of families who need to finalise their account. These accounts are now overdue and prompt payment would be appreciated. If you have any queries regarding your account please contact Mrs Narelle Foster in the office.

Removalist Boxes Needed

We require a number of cardboard boxes similar to removalist boxes to pack up the Uniform Shop. Please bring any boxes that you no longer require to the office. Thank you in advance.

2020 Student Booklists:

A reminder if you are ordering online, you need to do so by the 21 November 2019. Delivery will be made to a nominated address. If you are placing an order using the booklist paper form, this form needs to be returned to school by 18 November 2019. Collection of your pre-packaged booklist items will be from St Columba’s Kalyara Mia (undercover area) on Tuesday 28 January 2020 from 8am to 9:15am.

Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat Day Yesterday

The Year Three children have been preparing for their First Reconciliation. Yesterday both Year Three classes participated in a Reconciliation Retreat run by the 24:7 Ministry. The reflections and activities included in the Retreat have prepared the candidates for the Sacrament which they will receive on Saturday. Monsignor O’Loughlin addressed the children at the Retreat in readiness for their special day.

Next Week is Wellness Week

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Mindful Monday

Pledges and Yoga (Years 4, 5 and 6)

Thankful Tuesday

Draw, Decorate and Give Thanks with the Labyrinth

Rapper/Waste Free Wednesday

Waste Free Recess and Lunch

Free Dance in the Kalyara Mia undercover area at Second Lunch.

Tasty Thursday

Fruit for all Classes

Focused Friday

Yoga Sessions (Pre-Primary to Year 3)

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Christmas is fast approaching and the St Vincent de Paul Society has invited us to participate in their annual appeal to make a difference to someone's life this Christmas. Every class has a special tub to fill with non-perishable food items to help families facing challenging times over the festive period. Please ensure that all donated items are not due to expire for another 6 months.

We thank you for your kind support of this worthy cause. The baskets will be presented to a representative from St Vincent de Paul at our assembly on Friday 29 November 2019.

Choir News

On Monday our choir performed at our school Remembrance Service and also at the City Of South Perth Remembrance Service. So many people passed on their congratulations from both events. They enjoyed your singing and were impressed with how well you represented our school.

Thank you for all of your ongoing hard work.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Musician of the Week

Isabella Harding from Year 3P is the Musician of the Week. Isabella plays the piano and has been playing for one year. Her teacher is Jordan. Her favourite piece is ‘Skip to my Loo’. She would like to play the violin in the future.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Artist of the Week

Ruby from Yr 6 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen because of her outstanding photography art! Ruby’s favourite thing about her artwork are the different angles she used. She likes her nature photo best, because she thought the low angle looked really interesting. Ruby likes art because she thinks it’s cool that there are so many different mediums.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues have gone home with students this week. Orders are to be placed/received not later than Monday 25 November 2019. Please note late orders can be accepted. All payments by credit card are to be made via LOOP.

This year to date we have received $1,848 worth of new books into school library for our students to enjoy reading. Thank you to all for your continued support with purchases through Scholastic Book Club.

Alice Shaw

Book Club Coordinator

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 18 November: Sonia Sumich

Wednesday 20 November: Catherine Reutens

Well done Ruby and Grace!

On 2 November my sister and I went to a presentation, as we were receiving an award after entering a time capsule competition. We had to draw our favourite place in Victoria Park. I drew a picture about small little libraries around the area and Grace drew a picture of Optus Stadium. Out of the whole of Vic Park, 12 winners were selected, and they would have their picture or writing printed on the tiles. The tiles would be placed on top of a time capsule. My sister and I were two of the twelve winners. They are going to open the capsule in 25 years. After that, we had afternoon tea. This photo shows our tiles.

Ruby - Year 6

Buy your bamboo toothbrush!

Nearly every single toothbrush made since the 1930s is still out there in the world somewhere, living on as a piece of trash. Recycle your plastic toothbrush, make the world a little greener, and get your own non-toxic, bamboo toothbrush which returns back to the Earth to breakdown.

On sale from Week 4 until stocks last, outside the school library. Support Year 6 and be part of the change!

School Uniform Shop - School Bags

The school Uniform Shop has a supply of school bags for sale at $55 each. The school Uniform Shop is open Tuesday mornings from 8.30am to 9am. They will also be available for purchase from the school office.

Kindy 2020 Places Available

Due to an unusually high number of enrolled families moving out of Perth or interstate, a few Kindergarten places have become available for 2020.

We also have limited places in other select year groups for next year.

Please contact the school administration for application enrolment details.

Parents and Friends

Thank You P&F Committee 2019


It has been a busy year for our P&F Executive: Lara Tulett, Brooke Pink, Amy Crothers and Hayley Mitchell, with a number of fundraisers and events such as Retro Bingo, Dad’s and Children’s Night, Grandparents, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day celebrations. Much personal time is given to organise these – your generosity, help and hard work strengthens our community and provides resources that benefit the children. Our community thanks you.

We are very grateful to Lara Tulett for taking on the role of P&F President again and Larissa Barnao joins the P&F 2020 as Vice President. We are still seeking a Treasurer and Secretary – please get in touch if you would like to join the team!

With thanks.


DOSC's - Dads Interested in T20 Cricket Game

Only 3 sleeps to go for the Dads of St Columba’s (DOSCA) social game of T20 Cricket on Sunday 17th November at Morris Mundy Reserve, Kensington. The weather forecast of 30 degrees should make for a fun afternoon.

The game will start at 2pm so we invite dads playing to meet from 1:30pm for forming of teams and the rules for what will be an afternoon of fun. We won’t be taking it too seriously with bats available for use, no need for pads (unless you want to kit right up) as we will use a safety cricket ball too. Feel free to come along in your favourite cricket team attire or better yet dressed as your favourite player.

Water to keep hydrated will be available otherwise it will be a self-catering event.

Great to hear some families are planning a picnic to watch the dad’s play and Morris Mundy Reserve is a great environment for children too.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or message Todd Dawson on 0447730656

'Cards that Count' Fundraiser

“Cards That Count” ordering will close at 7pm tonight. No further orders will be accepted past this time. Should you have any enquiries or difficulties ordering, please contact Samantha at ‘Cards That Count’ directly -

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