St. Columba's Primary School


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Loving God, Our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless this journey of this new term that we undertake. Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.

We welcome those who are new to this community and ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.

Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this school, and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.

We ask this in Your name,


Message form the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back from the school holidays. I trust everyone had a great break and took time to rest and take stock after the events of Term 1 and 2. The students have got off to a great start and have settled back into school routine really well.

Our school community would like to welcome all of the new families that have started at

St Columba’s this term. I am sure that it will not take long for them to settle into St Columba’s

school life and be made most welcome by existing families.

We have been advised by Monsignor that at this stage the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist will be held in November:

  • Penance will be on Saturday, 14 November.
  • Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, 21 November at 6:00pm and Sunday, 29 November at 11:30am. Families will be advised as to which day their child’s class is making their First Eucharist.
  • At this stage the Diocese has not set a date for Confirmation.

Please remember, parents or carers, if you are coming onto the school grounds, there is still a need to social distance.

Our Year 3 to 6 classes will be doing some work this term on being different culturally. They will be looking at what it is like to be culturally different and the use of appropriate terminology when

talking with and about people from other cultures.

A reminder to families that students should not be on the school grounds prior to 8:30am.

St Columba’s provides supervision only from 8:30am until the bell goes at 8:50am. On entering the school grounds during the day all visitors are required to sign in at the front office. If students are going to play on the playground equipment after school it is a requirement that a parent must be there to supervise. The school staff do not supervise the play equipment after school. If students are unsupervised on the equipment they will be asked to leave the area.

Families please note that you will need to adhere to the school parking policy and the street

verge signage. Parking is not permitted in ‘no standing or parking zones' and cars that do

not follow the street and verge signage, face a possible fine from the Ranger. Your help in this

matter will be very much appreciated.

Please find a PDF on Cyber Safety that might be helpful when talking about Cyber

Safety at home.

God Bless and stay safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Monday 3 August

Year 1G - Nena, Caleb, Amaia, Amber

Year 1W - Neala, Kyle, Andrew

Year 2G - Dinuli, Aiden W

Year 2W - Audrey, Romain

Year 3G - Jason, Ghalib, Vivienne, Charlotte

Year 3W - Aidan, Sophie

Year 4G - Nikola, Noel, Nanditha, Joel

Year 4W - Oskar, Ashlee, Michael, Isabella

Year 5 - Marisa, Lola, Sophia M

Year 6 - Celeste, Anne, Lachlan

Book Week from Mon 17 Aug

This years' theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. A list of competitions for Book Week is attached below.

MONDAY 17 AUGUST - dress up as book character or something to match the theme for this year: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

Scholastic Book Club

Closing date for orders for this month's Scholastic Book Club is Monday, 3rd August. No cash accepted, all orders must be placed and paid for online.

Musician of the Week

Larston from Year 5W is our Musician of the week. Larston has played the Clarinet for one year. He currently learns with Mrs McDonald while he is also in the Wednesday choir.

Larston enjoys playing Minecraft on the weekend. Larston’s favourite colour is Purple and Blue. His favourite animal is a Turtle while his favourite movie is "Avenger Endgame".

By Edith and Kara

The Music Ministers 2020

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The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12. It teaches children to:

  • recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
  • understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
  • understand ways of keeping themselves safe.

The KS:CPC is mandated in all schools and is taught every year by teachers who have completed a full day KS:CPC training course. It is a world-class, evidence-based child safety program that is used by a range of other Australian and international schools.

Why we teach children about keeping safe

The School has a legal responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse in its own settings and in the wider community. All children and young people have a right to:

  • be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
  • be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
  • feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
  • understand as early as possible what is meant by 'feeling and being safe'.

The curriculum follows two main themes:

  • we all have the right to be safe
  • we can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

Focus areas

The two themes are explored through four focus areas:

  • the right to be safe
  • relationships
  • recognising and reporting abuse
  • protective strategies.

The focus areas are targeted to the age of the learners. These summaries tell you more about what is taught in each age group:

Parent information to help your child:

  • Focus Area 1: The right to be Safe
  • Focus Area 2: Relationships

Slinky apple machine a big hit!

Canteen's new Slinky apple machine has been a huge hit, with the children queuing to have a go. From next week the following pricing applies:

  • No charge for apples purchased from canteen for $1
  • BYO apple: 50 cents to use the machine

New healthy options on canteen menu

The school canteen is an integral part of the learning environment, and as such should operate in a manner that supports the health messages of curriculum. Schools* are required to follow the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink (HFD) policy.

As part of this St Columba’s have looked into ways to create a greener canteen that offers a range of healthier options. Please see the attached menu for Term 3.

Support our P&F Honey Drive

Every $40 Favourites Pack sold raises $10 for the St Columba’s P&F. Contact Kym Banes 0407 190 770 for further information. Please return the form to the Office in an envelope.

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Briks 4 Kidz

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® will be back again at St Columba’s during Term 3 to run after school classes.

Marshall's Tennis Academy

Trinity College

Trinity College warmly invites you to attend our Twilight Tour on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer. Our Twilight Tour will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours (including a sneak peek behind the scenes of the College's production of The Mikado), light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team.

The tour will commence at 4:00pm. Please register your details at:

MercyCare government funded services for over 65’s

MercyCare are encouraging individuals to call our dedicated aged care team for information regarding aged care supports and services that are available for the over 65’s in our community. These government funded services will vary according to an individual’s needs- whether it be a little bit of help to stay living in your own home as you get older, or assistance to find the right Residential Aged Care facility for a loved one who needs higher levels care. Call or email us for a free aged care information pack- 08 6228 1537 /

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Getting ready for school means lots of time spent on your children. Now school has begun, why not give yourselves some time together? You both deserve a weekend away investing in your most precious asset . . . Your Marriage! This is a unique opportunity to recharge your relationship batteries, refocus on each other. If you’d like to make your marriage even more special than it already is, contact Brendon and Valerie on 0424 220 625. For more information or bookings email Weekend dates 19-20 September (live out) to be held at Bateman and 6-8 November 2020 (live in) to be held at Atrium Resort in Mandurah.

School Term Dates 2020

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

Year 4 Assembly - Monday, 3 August. (Date changed from 31 July)

Mathematics Competition - Tuesday, 4 August.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Free Dress Footy Day - Friday, 7 August.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day - Saturday, 8 August.

School Cross Country (Yr 3-6) - Wednesday, 12 August.

Year 5 Assembly - Friday, 14 August.

Book Week - 17 August. (Week 5)

Science Week - 15-23 August. (Week 6)

Year 2 Assembly - Friday, 28 August.

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 7 September.

Year 1 Assembly - Friday, 11 September.

Kindy OT Screening - Monday, 14 September.

School Open Night/Art Exhibition - Thursday 17 September.

Athletics Carnival (Yr K-6) - Friday, 18 September.

Pupil Free Day - Friday, 25 September.

Pupil Free Day - Monday, 12 October.