St. Columba's Primary School


St Columba's Strategic Focus

'Developing the whole child - mind, heart, soul and imagination - in an environment where children feel safe to learn, discover and explore their unique identity and gifts'.

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

We are over half way through the term and it has been a very busy one, which has been

exacerbated by the COVID-19 Virus. I would like to advise families that St Columba’s Primary School has been following the recommendations from The Catholic Education Office (CEWA) who have a team that meet directly with the Department of Health. As a school we are required to follow the directions given by CEWA and the Department of Health and are endeavouring to work through these directives, making sure that we limit the spread of the virus and keep our students safe.

A reminder to families utilising the Church Car Park as a walk through to classrooms. Children need to be supervised closely as vehicles are driving through during Kiss and Drive. Some parents have voiced concerns over children running across in front of vehicles as they drive through. Please be vigilant as it would be terrible if a child was run over by a vehicle and hurt. Also a reminder that the Church car park is not for parent parking at any time. If grandparents are picking up please let them know, as this will make a safer transition at drop off and pick up times.

Many thanks to Mr Chatt for organising an extremely efficient and well run swimming carnival

yesterday. The students had a great day and really enjoyed the experience.

Many thanks to the Wellness Committee members for organising the Wellness Week activities and Mrs Lam for donating the Wellness Week fruit.

A reminder that there is a P&F meeting next Tuesday, 17 March at 7:00pm in the school staffroom.

A reminder, students will finish this term on Thursday, 9 April and will resume on Wednesday, 29 April 2020.

God Bless



Travel Advice : Italy

In line with advice from the Department of Health, and actions taken by the Department of Education, all students and staff members who have travelled from or transited through Italy must now self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school if they remain well during this self-isolation period. If they develop symptoms within this time they should attend a COVID clinic or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Important dates for next week

9 March - 13 March - Wellness Week

14 March - Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass 6pm - Years 3, 4, & 6 - compulsory for sacramental candidates.

16 March - Harmony Day Assembly - students can wear orange.

17 March - Feast of St Patrick - students can wear green, ASCS Cricket Carnival - selected Yrs 5 & 6, P & F Meeting 7pm.

19 March - St Joseph's Day

20 March - Year 4 Assembly

Merit award winners - Friday 20 March

Year 1G - Nena, Caleb

Year 1W - Ethan, Zara

Year 2G - Diego, James

Year 2W - Xavier, Arabella

Year 3G - Milani, Ned

Year 3W - Sam, Joseph, Aidan, Keira

Year 4G - Nanditha, Oliver

Year 4W - Michael, Maya

Year 5 - Christian, Bridie

Year 6 - Angelina

Swimming Carnival

Students in Years 4 to 6 attended the St Columba’s Swimming Carnival, representing

their faction over various swimming strokes, distances, relays and novelty games. The students were wonderful sports people cheering their faction and competitors on. At the end of the carnival it was McMahon who proved themselves worthy to win the Carnival and trophy. Students that qualify (reserves if required) for the ASCS Inter School Swimming Carnival on will be notified. A special thank you to any parent helpers and supporters who attended the event. Please see results below:

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Blessing of the new playground at bottom oval

Year 6 attend Leadership Forum

NOW OVERDUE: Return Fees Payment Option form

Fees Payment Option forms are now overdue. Please return to the office by the end of the week.

REMINDER: Dress orange for Harmony Day - Mon 16 March

On Monday 16 March the children will be celebrating Harmony Day. A gold coin donation per family will be given to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who distribute new books to remote indigenous communities in Australia.

Harmony Week - Fried Rice on canteen menu

In celebration of Harmony Week, the canteen will be cooking Fried Rice. This is in addition to the International food that is offered each week. Cost will be $4.50 a serve and must be ordered online by 9am on canteen days.

Wear green on St Patrick's Day - Tue 17 March

Saint Patrick's Day celebrates the Christian Saint, Patrick, who helped to bring Christianity to Ireland. Students may wear something green or something connected to St Patrick’s Day. Please bring in a gold coin donation for the missions if you wish to participate.

Saint Joseph's Day - Thur 19 March

The spirit of the school is founded on the dedicated work of the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. They have created a wonderful legacy for future generations.

Feast of Saint Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ.

Popular customs among Christians of various liturgical traditions observing Saint Joseph's Day are attending Mass or the Divine Service, wearing red-coloured clothing, carrying dried fava beans that have been blessed, and assembling home altars dedicated to Saint Joseph

Wellness Week

What an amazing week we have had in developing, nurturing and nourishing our mind, heart, body and soul. We would like to give special thanks to Belinda Hill and Shalini McCullough for the organisation of Wellness Week and providing insightful activities for our school community. We also give special thanks to Mrs Lam who provided fresh fruit for all of our students and Miss Bechelli who guided us through Waste Free Thursday.

Be part of our Wellness Group:

We invite anyone who can gift their time to run a 25 minute lunchtime Wellness Session to please get in touch with the Wellness Committee:( or

Book Club orders due by Mon 16 March

All purchases and payments will need to be done online from now on. NO CASH ACCEPTED.

DOSCA Footy Tipping 2020

One week to go to bounce down to the 2020 Footy Season and a modest four registered so far for DOSCA Footy Tipping. To register please see Lorraine in the office and pay your $20 registration fee (please have the exact amount) to receive your code for the Dads of St Columba’s AFL Tipping site – it’s that easy!

In addition to loads of fun and a bit of banter across the school yard we have weekly prizes for each round for the highest tips with closest winning margin for the first game of the round. All money raised will go towards the P&F and contribute to school community initiatives.

Happy tipping!

Todd Dawson
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Dads of St Columba's campout 2020

When: Saturday 28 March from 3.00 pm onwards [no earlier please] to Sunday morning

Where: Lower Oval, St. Columba Primary School

Cost: The cost will $20 per family Bring: Camping gear, torches, drinks, nibbles, etc. *Please note this is a smoke free and nut-free event as per school policy.

Food: BBQ sausage sizzle will be provided for dinner. Brekkie [bacon & eggs rolls, tea & juice] will be provided on Sunday morning.

For further details contact: Dave Palermo 0412 249 002

Project Compassion boxes due 30 March

Each child has received a Project Compassion donation box. These are due back to classroom teachers by the 30th March. For further information on how you can help

P&F Fundraiser - buy an Entertainment Book

Library volunteers' roster


16 March - Jamie Horner

18 March - Chia Sim

'Circle of Security' workshops postponed until Term 2

Circle of Security workshops have been postponed due to insufficient numbers. Will run again in Term 2.

Lots on offer to St Columba's School families

Bricks 4 Kids in Easter Holidays

Book now for April School Holidays, in the Library


South Perth Young Writers Award

Entries will close Saturday 2 May at 4pm.

Shortlist will be notified mid-May

Finalists will be notified end of June

Awards ceremony will be Thursday 30 July 6pm

To submit online students will need to fill out the attached Entry Form which is an Editable PDF and send their work & the form to

Name and year level needs to be in the Subject Line.

Important Dates 2020

School Photos - Wed March 25

Mother’s Day Breakfast - Fri May 8

St Mary of The Cross - Fri Aug 7

Father’s Day Breakfast - Fri Sept 4

School Open Night - Thur Sept 17

School Athletics’ Carnival - Fri Sept 18

Grandparents and Friends Celebration - Fri Oct 23

School Board and P&F AGMs - Tue Nov 10

School Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Thursday 2 July

Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Pupil Free Days 2020

Term 2: Tuesday 28 April

Term 3: Friday 3 July, Monday 20 July and Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October

Sacrament Dates 2020

Sacramental Program Enrolment Mass: Saturday 14 March at 6pm - compulsory for all candidates.

Confirmation: Saturday 30 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday 14 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday 14 November at 10am to 11:30am