St. Columba's Primary School


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A Prayer for Teachers

Lord, bless the teachers who give their heart to teaching. Thank you for the special gift that you have given them and for giving them a spirit of grace and compassion. May they have strength and endurance to perform their many tasks, and may they know and feel the deep gratitude of those whom they teach.


Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Our Term is rapidly passing by. We have a very busy term with the celebration of all of the Sacraments, Year 6 Graduation, the Interschool Athletics Carnival and Student Obstacle Fun Day over the next 4-5 weeks.

Unfortunately, the government has not changed its stance on social distancing, therefore the school will continue to follow the protocols that we have had in place over the last two terms. Assemblies will be videoed and a link sent home to families so that they can watch. Parent's are still unable to enter classrooms and will need to continue to social distance while on the school grounds.

Congratulations to Miss Purvis who has become engaged to Edward. We wish them all the best and a long and happy life together.

Tomorrow we celebrate 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.

Our Year 5 students will hold their speeches and elections next week for the 2021 Year 6 Student Leadership Roles. I would like to thank Mrs Bettell for preparing the children.

Next Monday and Tuesday we will have a panel visit from CEWA to meet with the School Board, a group of parents and a selection of staff and students. They will be here to look at what the school does for students and self-improvement. All Catholic schools go through this review process every five years.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Friday 11 December.

The School Advisory Council and P&F AGMs will be on Tuesday 10 November at 7:00pm

in the school undercover area. Please note that due to CEWA becoming incorporated that the

School Board is being replaced by the St Columba’s School Advisory Council.

Entry onto the School Advisory Council will be by election at the AGM. Please find a nomination form attached to the newsletter. There are two positions up for election.

People interested in being elected onto the council will need to keep in mind the following:

Election criteria to the School Council is:

1. Possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Council

2. A deep interest in the welfare of all the students and staff

3. A desire to give service to the St Columba’s Catholic School Community

4. A keenness to promote Catholic schooling

5. An ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Council

6. It will be a sounding board to the Principal to help plan for the present and future operation of the school.

Please note:

  • It is not involved in St Columba’s day-to-day operations or school finances.
  • Nominations confidential to the Principal will need to be handed to the principal

by 3:00pm COB Monday November 9.

At the P&F AGM, all positions are declared open and those who have nominated

for positions to the Executive are elected by vote. Please find a nomination form attached

to the newsletter. Nominations will need to be in by COB Monday November 9.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Friday 30 October

Year 1G - Kye H, Noah A, Ethan, Olivia, Amelia, Annabelle

Year 1W - Lauren, Klelia, Daniel, Samuel, Olivia, Zara M

Year 2G - Bughaw, Darcey, Gordon, Gia

Year 2W - Raphaella, Matilda, Ari. VP, Michael

Year 3G - Ava, Ghalib, Tiana, Edward (Ned), Rei

Year 3W - Sam, Allegra, Matthew, Florence, Poppy, Spencer

Year 4G - Maggie, Alexa, Siri, Chikamuso, Jobe

Year 4W - Genevieve Morgan, Chayse, Martina, George, Chloe

Year 5 - Tyla, Holly, Ethan, Bridie

Year 6 - Cerise, Lucia, Sarina, Andrew, Kara

Musician of the week

Celeste from Year 6W is your Musician of the Week. Celeste has played the Piano for 8 years and Ukulele for 4 years. She currently learns piano with Jordan Moore and learns ukulele from Ms McDonald at the Ukulele Club. Her favourite song to play on the piano is "Carol of the Bells", by Mykola Leontovych. Celeste is a low voice in the Wednesday and Thursday choirs.

By Edith and Kara

The Music Ministers 2020

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P&F movie and raffle fundraiser

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

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.

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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World Teachers' Day - Friday, 30 October

World Teachers’ Day is a day for teachers to celebrate and be proud.

This year, despite major challenges, teachers have made sure education continues across the country. It’s reinforced the significant role educators play in the lives of children and students, their families and communities.

Thank you to all of our staff at St Columba's for the amazing work you do each day to support, nurture and develop a positive and caring environment for our students

How can you help your child to be more empathetic and compassionate?

  • Be a model of kind behaviour.
  • Highlight people’s emotions around you.
  • Point out how their behaviour affects those around them.
  • Teach your children the joys of helping others.

How was Jesus compassionate?

Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with true compassion. Not only did Jesus have compassion and heal people from physical suffering, he also showed the greatest compassion for mankind when died on the cross for our sins.

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 2nd November 2020

Wednesday -

Thursday - Alayna Johnson

Friday - Laura Law

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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Celebrate Media Literacy Week (26–31 Oct)

We’re excited to be celebrating Media Literacy Week, promoting critical-thinking across the curriculum! Encourage students to enter the thought-provoking News Diet Challenge or have their say in our 2-minute news survey. Then explore this excellent selection of media literacy classroom resources – including a new maths resource.

VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.

VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Your children can start as young as five years old.

Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at

For Sale


Bleinheim Made in Geneva, purchased from Snaden Claremont, only 8 years old.

Immaculate condition, rarely played, beautiful mahogony timber with brass details.

$4500.00 ono


School Term Dates 2020

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

World Teachers Day - Friday, 30 October.

Year 3 Assembly - Friday, 30 October.

Reconciliation Retreat Day Incursion - Tuesday, 3 November.

P & F Meeting - Tuesday, 3 November.

Eucharist Retreat Day Excursion - Thursday, 5 November.

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

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.

Reconciliation - Saturday, 14 November.