St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had an extremely busy schedule at school over the last two weeks with the events scheduled for Term 4, and rescheduled events from early in the year due to Covid.

Many thanks to those who have been involved through this very busy time.

Please keep the Year 3 students in your thoughts and prayers as they make their First Reconciliation this coming Saturday. Many thanks to Mrs Poole, Mrs West and Mrs Lucas for preparing the students so well.

The P&F have also had a very busy time with the Grandparents Day, the Disco and then

on Saturday night, the Night in White. The Night in White was a great success and many thanks go to Patrice, Hayley and Renee for the amazing amount of work they put in organising the event. There was a great spread of families from across the school who attended. The location and views were superb, although it did get slightly chilly, however, this changed once guests started dancing. There were some wonderful photos taken on the night showcasing the event. Also, thanks to Brooke Pink for organising a great disco for the students on Friday night.

Our Year 5 students will hold their speeches and elections next Monday, 14 November for the 2023 Year 6 Student Leadership roles. I would like to thank Mrs Ogg and Mr Beins for preparing the students for the elections.

I wish to advise families that double stream classes will be shuffled in preparation for the start of the 2023 school year. The teachers will look at a number of criteria in determining the split. This will include academic, social, friendship and gender. The school will look at family requests, however the decision as to which student goes into which class rests with school.

I am advising that school fees will decrease by 5% at St Columba’s in 2023.

Congratulations to the following people who were elected to the P&F Executive for 2023 to 2025. I am sure they will hit the ground running in 2023.

President - Vice President - Secretary - Treasurer

Hayley Mitchell - Gemma Bristow - Renee Methorst - Mathew Smith

School Advisory Council Members 2023:

Chair: Phil Horner

Members: Hayley Roseby and Esmeralda Soliano-Wood

P&F Rep: Chloe Gavalas

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 11 November - Remembrance Day

Friday 11 November - Assembly - 4G

Saturday 12 November - Reconciliation - 10am

Wednesday 16 November - Pre-K 2023 Information Session - 9am

Monday 21 November - Assembly - Y6

Tuesday 22 November - Paul Litherland Cyber Safety - Y4-6

Tuesday 22 November - Paul Litherland Parent Session - 6.30pm

Wednesday 23 November - Kings Park Excursion - Y3

Wednesday 23 November - Kindy Orientation - 9.15am

Friday 25 November - ASCS Swimming Carnival - Y4-6

Merit Award Winners - 11 November 2022

Year 1G - Alexandra, Rayden, Taylor

Year 1W - Liam, Oscar, Fletcher

Year 2G - Gabriella, Samuel

Year 2W - Amber, Taeyoon, Genevieve

Year 3G - April, Nena

Year 3W - Xavier, Angus, Vinay, Amber

Year 4G - Johanes, Toby

Year 4W - Leighton, Talin

Year 5G - Mateo, Paris

Year 5W - William

Year 6G - No Award Winners

Year 6W - Lucas, Madeleine

Library Roster

Monday, 14 November - Sheridan Andrews

Tuesday, 15 November - No Volunteer

Monday, 21 November - Lara Tulett

Tuesday, 22 November - Mary Donovan

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Remembrance Day

This Friday, 11 November there will be a Remembrance Day Service as part of the 4G Assembly, commencing at 9am in Kalyara. Parents are welcome to attend.

Students are welcome to bring in a gold coin donation on Friday morning to receive a red poppy. All proceeds collected will go directly towards the Vic Park / South Perth RSL.

Remembrance Day falls on the 11th of November each year.

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.

In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who died in World War One. The day continues to be commemorated in allied countries.

After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.

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Wellness Week – Week 6

Week 6 will see our staff and students enter Wellness Week for Term 4. This week (Mon 14 – Fri 18 November) will see our students explore different aspects of their wellbeing (physical, mental, social/emotional and spiritual) as well as providing opportunities to practise some self-care habits.

Students will not have set homework during Week 6 and may wear their sports uniform for the week. Parents are asked to only book meetings with teachers for urgent matters.

Parents are also welcome to purchase from the Coffee Van that will be parked in the Staff Carpark on York Street from 7:30 - 9:00am on Wednesday 16 November. Who doesn’t like a coffee to start their morning on the right note!

We look forward to exploring our wellbeing and building our knowledge and skills in this space.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We wish our Reconciliation candidates well as they receive this Sacrament on Saturday, 12 November at St Columba’s Parish, under the guidance of Monsignor O’Loughlin.

Students have been well supported in their preparation, with a Reconciliation Retreat Day scheduled this week. We wish them well as they take this next step in their faith journey.

School fees are now due

School fees are now due. Those families who have not finalised their fee statements please do so at your earliest convenience. All school fees must be finalised by 18 November 2022 unless alternative arrangements have been made. For those families on payment plans your payments will continue. If you have any queries regarding your fee statement please contact our School Finance Officer, Narelle Foster.

ICAS Certificates Have Arrived!

The ICAS Mathematics certificates have arrived and were distributed today to students.

Parents can see on the back of the certificate where their child scored in relation to the rest of the participants. We congratulate our students on their achievements in this external assessment.

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

The Annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is about to begin, and St Columba’s Primary School is excited to be involved once again.

What is the Vinnies Christmas Appeal?

For many people, Christmas is a joyful time of year however, the sad reality is that 13.3% of Australians are living in poverty. Of these, 731,300 are children who may not get their Christmas wish. Your support can make a difference.

Our generosity through the Vinnies Christmas Appeal can provide urgent relief for a family who’s doing it tough this Christmas and give them hope for a better future.

How does St Columba’s get involved?

St Columba’s is participating in the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal. We are looking for families to donate non-perishable food items to the baskets in each classroom, which will be used to make up Christmas hampers for those in need.

Hamper must haves

· Supermarket gift card (to purchase perishable items)

· Breakfast condiments like jam and Vegemite

· Candy canes

· Christmas cake, fruit mince pies

· Christmas pudding

· Confectionery

· Jelly

· Long life juice/cordial

· Long life custard/milk

· Pancake mix

· Ring pull tinned fruit and vegetables, canned meals, soup

· Sweet and savoury biscuits / crackers

· Tea, coffee, sugar, milo

Other items

· Bon-bons

· Breakfast cereals

· Muesli bars

· Pasta / rice / couscous

· Popcorn (pre-popped or microwavable)

· Potato chips

· Sauces for pastas and curries

· Two-minute noodles or other instant pasta packs

· Toy gift cards

We ask to please have no opened or second-hand items and that you make sure the items have a long expiry date.

Students may bring in any items on the lists above.

All items will need to be brought to school by Friday 25 November (Week 7) to ensure collection takes place before Christmas.

We look forward to partnering with St Vincent de Paul again this year to really make a difference in the lives of those in our local community.

Kidz in Sport - Term 4

The P&F will sponsor the Kidz in Sport sessions at lunchtime this term for students in Years 1-6.

Tuesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 4- 6

8 weeks starting Tuesday, 18 October

Wednesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 1-3

8 weeks starting Wednesday, 19 October

Sessions will take place on the tennis courts and cover a range of sports and skills.

Students are welcome to wear their sports uniform on their Kidz in Sports Day for the remainder of the term.

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P&F News

Happy Thursday everyone.

Wowweeee what a week we have had.

The children from Kindy - Year 6 had their Under the Sea themed school disco last Friday night and what a night that was! Thank you so much to super star Brooke Pink, Thea Matthews, Jith Joseph and all the other fabulous parents who helped make the night a huge success.

Saturday night saw the school transformed into a “Night in White”. What a beautiful evening filled with entertainment, laughter and that beautiful view. A MASSIVE thank you must go to Patrice McColl, the other Year 5 legends and numerous other volunteers for ensuring the night was a huge success.

This Monday our Year 4-6 students had their Healthy Friendship Incursion led by Western Health Kids. This is a new P&F initiative that we hope to grow and develop into the future. A big thank you must go to Tracie Murray for getting this off the ground and running coordination on this opportunity. Tracie has put in a lot of work and overcome a lot of obstacles to ensure your children had this valuable experience.

Parents and Carers will receive some information soon on the upcoming Surf Online Safe Parent & Student Workshops (one for parents and one for the children).

This has been booked for Tuesday, 22 November 2022 so please save the date.

1) Parent session 6.30pm - 8.00pm (held at school)

2) Student session: Y4-Y6 during school hours.

This is definitely not one to be missed.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that this year's Colour Run made a PROFIT of over $17,000!!! Congratulations everyone

I hope you all have a lovely week.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Cyber Security - Surf Online Safe Seminar RSVP

The P&F are proud to offer parents an opportunity to attend a Cyber Security – Surf Online Safe Seminar, hosted by Paul Litherland. Paul is an ex-police officer with a wealth of experience in the cyber security space.

Date: Tuesday, 22 November

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Location: St Columba’s School – Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area)

Please RSVP by submitting your details on the link below by COB Monday, 21 November.

There is no cost for this event.

We kindly ask you to include your name, email address and how many people will be attending from your family.

We look forward to being able to offer this insightful learning opportunity for our parent community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your P&F rep if you have any questions.

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Healthy Friendships Workshops

(reflection from Monday 7th November)

Our students in Y4 - 6 participated in the Healthy Friendships Workshops on Monday. Our students were involved in group activities utilizing tools such as:

Friend-o-meter; understanding green and red behaviours and the concept of Healthy and Unhealthy Friendships.

Friendship Burgers; conflict within friendships doesn’t mean the end of a friendship, how to resolve conflict, utilizing the “Friendship Burger” to explain how we are feeling and move forward in a Conflict Cycle.

We are very keen for parents to support this workshop by initiating follow up conversation at home. Parents from Years 4 - 6 will receive a handout regarding this.

As this is a pilot workshop, we are very keen to receive feedback from students and parents with a view to moving forward to the next workshop in 2023. If you would like to provide feedback, please email Tracie via the P&F Mailbox:
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All Schools Swim Challenge - Saturday 3 December

Please contact Rupa Pitt (Chayses' mum) if you are interested:
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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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WANTED: CLEANER - Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart

Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart are seeking a cleaner on a permanent part time basis. This role is for 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, to be worked between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Please click on the link below for more details.

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VacSwim Enrolments now open!

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

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School Term Dates

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am