St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 4 | 21 MAY 2020

Mary Help of Christians Feast Day- 24th May

Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

St Columba's Catholic Primary School | South Perth | Western Australia

School video by parent John Morgan, founder and director of Eruption

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a great start with our students returning to face to face teaching this week after the remote learning of the last few weeks. The students have settled in well and seem to be having a great time at school both in class and with their friends in the playground. School is nearly back to how it should be.

I would like to thank the many, many families who have taken time to send in, or give messages of support and thanks to the staff of St Columba’s for their work when students were working from home. It has been a trying time for both families and staff and I know that we are all thankful at being back to an almost normal routine.

St Columba's parent John Morgan, founder and director of Eruption, has made a beautiful video of our school and we thank him for generously sharing his talent with our community.

On a sad note, our prayers and thoughts are with Mr Popadynec and his wife Roma on the passing of Roma’s mother. May she rest peacefully.

Please note that Friday July 3 will no longer be a pupil free day. Students will be expected to attend school on this day.

When we are advised by the government that parents and carers are allowed back on school grounds I will notify families immediately. At this stage parents and carers are not able to enter the school grounds or have face to face meetings with staff. Parent teacher meetings will be with Zoom or by phone.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit award winners - Friday 22 May

Year 1G - Stella, Aubree

Year 1W - Eliora, Lauren, Oscar

Year 2G - Harry, Fionn

Year 2W - Ari S, Raphaella

Year 3G - Gabriel T, Tiana

Year 3W - Amelia, Harrison

Year 4G - Eva, Rafferty, Lily

Year 4W - Lucas, Ella

Year 5 - Lola, Max

Year 6 - Madison, Lucia

School Video by John Morgan - Eruption

We are back and what better way to celebrate than with this beautiful video of our school by St Columba’s parent, John Morgan.

John is the founder and director of Eruption, a local video production company that creates brand and value-aligned social media content that will get your business noticed. We thank John for so generously sharing his talent with our community.

Drop him a line if your business could do with a completely new look, a refresh or if have a product or service to launch - you will be in good hands!

Facebook & Instagram: @weareeruption

Video of St Columba's School:

Special thanks to Premier Studio for the use of their child interview footage.

School fees - amended statements sent out

Amended fee statements were emailed to all families yesterday, if you have not received please contact Narelle Foster in finance to have one sent. Finalisation of fees has now been extended to 31 October 2020. Families who have contacted the school regarding financial hardship or to make alternate payment arrangements, these will remain in place as agreed.

For those families that have not completed their payment option form please send to Finance as soon as possible. All queries regarding your account should be sent to Narelle Foster at

Kiss & Drive - SURNAME on sunvisor

Help us to speed up Kiss & Drive by putting your SURNAME on your sunvisor - this will enable staff to easily identify the children for the cars coming through and have them ready to be placed into cars as they pull up.

Kiss & Drive arrangements from today

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Musician of the week

Jack from Year 4 is our musician of the week. Jack has played the piano for 3 Years and the guitar for 1 Year. He currently learns piano with his grandma and guitar with his dad. His favourite piece of music is "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin.

Jack enjoys playing basketball at home and likes to listen to "Choir" by Guy Sebastian.

At home Jack likes to read a book outside with his dog.

By Edith and Kara

The Music Ministers 2020

National Sorry Day - 26 May

National Sorry Day, or the National Day of Healing, is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May since 2008, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's Indigenous peoples, as part of an ongoing process of reconciliation between the Indigenous peoples and the settler population.

During the 20th century, Australian government policies caused children to be separated from their families, with the intention of assimilating them into White Australian culture.

This resulted in what became known as the "Stolen Generations", with the effects of these traumatic removals being felt by succeeding generations even today.

National Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Our theme for #NRW2020 – In this together – is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen when we announced it last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all in this together.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures. Find out more about National Reconciliation Week

2020 Philip Pendal Young Heritage Award - closing date extended

Due to the disruption of Covid 19, the closing date of the competition has been extended to Friday 19 June. All entries also now need to be submitted electronically at

Bricks 4 Kidz - Retraction

Our apologies - Bricks 4 Kidz will not be going ahead this term at St Columba's due to ongoing COVID restrictions.

School Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Important Dates 2020

Sorry Day - Tues 26 May

Reconciliation Week - Wed 27 May - Wed 3 June

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Sun 31 May

Public Holiday - Mon 1 June - No school for students