St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Parents and Carers,

A huge thank you, to the P&F and all the mothers who organised the Father’s Day Breakfast yesterday. It was wonderful to see so many of the fathers attending, mingling, and talking with each other and at the same time enjoying ‘Father Time’ with their children. There was a great atmosphere and sense of enjoyment from all concerned.

Next week we have our Open Night on Thursday 7 September, and classrooms will be open for family visits from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. All families are invited to attend. There will be food vans and an ice-cream van onsite.

A reminder to families that there are still outstanding school fees. Please finalise prior to the end of this term or advise the office of your payment plan for the remainder of the year.

Some of our Year 4, 5 and 6 students attended the regional Spelling Bee yesterday and were

wonderful representatives for our school. Many thanks to Mr Yock for organising. We took out both the Year 4 and 5 competitions - a credit to our students!

The Student Representative Council met this week and I then met with the Head Boy and Girl who tabled the minutes from the meeting with me. From this, there was a discussion around what could be actioned. Some of the actions were a small number of maintenance issues with the playground equipment, more sport equipment at break times and library helpers for Mrs La Rosa in the library. Thank you to the students for their contribution to the running of the school.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers a school family who has had a grandparent

pass away.

A very happy Father’s Day on Sunday to all fathers and may you have a relaxing and

enjoyable family day.

God Bless and have a great weekend.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 1 September

  • School photos

Saturday 2 September

  • Tournament of Minds Competition

Sunday 3 September

  • Father's Day

Thursday 7 September

  • Open Night & Art Exhibition

Friday 8 September

  • St Columba's Field Carnival Y3-6

Friday 15 September

  • St Columba's Athletics Carnival PP-Y6
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Education Assistant Appreciation Week

This week is Education Assistant Appreciation Week and we thank all of our wonderful EA's for their hard work and dedication to the students of St Columba's. The staff celebrated with a morning tea.
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Code of Conduct

We take this opportunity to direct members of our community to review our Code of Conduct. These statements are aimed at ensuring the protection and wellbeing of students in our care. In addition, awareness of the Code of Conduct ensures that adults do not put themselves in potentially vulnerable positions; for example, adults use the ambulant toilet when on site and do not use student toilets.

Should you witness any action or behaviour that contravenes the School Code of Conduct we ask all parents and carers to advise the Principal via email.

Please take a few moments to review our Code of Conduct.

School Photos - Tues 29 & Thurs 31 August and Fri 1 September 2023

School Photos have taken place this week with the final Pre-Kindy class tomorrow.

Every student at school has received an individual student photo SHOOTKEY to bring home.

This is different to the ordering process from previous years as parents are now not required to bring back any envelopes and all orders are placed online. #winning

Instructions for ordering photos are on the student photo SHOOTKEY sheets and are self-explanatory. Only online orders are accepted. A wide choice of photo packs are available for purchase.

Any new students to the school received an individual SHOOTKEY form on photo day by the photographers.

Should your child lose their individual order sheet you can request your child’s SHOOTKEY from the office.

All orders are due by Monday, 11 September. Please contact Photo Hendriks if you have not ordered by this date.

Family Photos

Family photos are completed. A Family Order SHOOTKEY was distributed by the photographers on the day and payments can then be placed online.

The Friday, 1 September Photo Schedule is below.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

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Open Night 2023

We look forward to the annual Open Night event for 2023 on Thursday, 7 September from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Lock this date and time away in your calendar!

What you need to know:

5:30pm - 7:00pm Classrooms Open

Student work will be on display around the classrooms.

The Robotics Teams will showcase their amazing performances from the Robo Cup competition in Kalyara Mia (Onstage Teams) and the Library (Maze And Rescue Teams).

Individual instrumentalists will be performing in Kalyara Mia over the duration of the night for your enjoyment.

The Library will be used to house the LEAP and Science displays, with activities available for parents and students.

Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area) will showcase the Art Exhibition. You do not want to miss this!

Dinner is sorted with food trucks in the Drive Through – JD Food Truck (Hot Dogs, Burgers, Chips), Ninja Cuisine (Japanese) & Suzy’s Ice Cream Truck.

Students are encouraged to stamp their checklist, collected from their classroom, as they move around the school. Don’t forget to take a #selfie!

Thank you for your support of this great community-building initiative.

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Pre-Kindy 2024 - deposits now due

Deposits are now due to secure your Pre-Kindy position for next year.
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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a lovely week and enjoying the sunshine before the rain sets in.

I would like to send a massive thank you to the Year 1 parents led by our reps Kristen and Tori for putting on a fantastic Fathers Day event. Fathers, father figures and carers alike were spoilt with a well organised, fun event to honour all those special people in our life. These events aren’t quick and easy to prepare, so thank you to everyone involved in making it happen.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is our last day for ordering your cards that count. This has been a tradition for a number of years led by the P&F (this year Lara our Year 4 parent has been doing the hard work behind the scenes). If we don’t have the numbers we have had in previous years, we may have to review whether we run it again.

Next Tuesday, 5 September at 7pm is our next P&F meeting and one of the last ones for the year. If you have anything you would like to see put on the agenda, please let me know. Otherwise you are welcome to attend.

Thanks everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

2023 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition

Hello all,

Round 24 was another cracker with the final 8 locked in, its time to bring on the finals. Santhosh P (any audits welcome!) got 9/9 tips right for the round. David B got 7 tips right and 6 people got 6/9 tips right for the last round.

Round 24 results

Santhosh P 9 correct tips with a margin of 35

David B 7 correct tips with a margin of 35

Brett M 6 correct tips with a margin of 16

Brendon O 6 correct tips with a margin of 31

Andrew J 6 correct tips with a margin of 32

Alan G has managed to hold on to the lead with a 1 game advantage heading into the finals with 134 points. Joshua J is at second with 133. Andrew J and Mark S are tied on 132.

Alan G - 134

Joshua J - 133

Andrew J - 132

Mark S - 132

Brett M - 131

If you have any questions please drop me an email at or call Santhosh on 0411 253 951.

Happy tipping!



Entertainment Books

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

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Scholastic Books - Issue 6 - Due Wednesday, 6th September

ISSUE 6 has been sent home today. Book orders are due on Wednesday, 6 September.

Did you know that every purchase you make on Book Club earns our school 15% of the order value in Scholastic Rewards? We use these to purchase more books and educational resources for the school. It all helps!

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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Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and 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 for 2023

Term 3: Monday, 17 July to Thursday, 21 September 2023

Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Friday, 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days for 2023

Term 3: Friday 22 September

Term 4: None

Sacrament Dates for 2023

Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am