St. Columba's Primary School


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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our School Choir performed on Tuesday at the CEWA Performing Arts in Balcatta and they were a credit to the school and Mrs McDonald. The performance was exceptional and a huge thank you to Mrs McDonald for her time and effort with rehearsals and Mr Moore playing the piano so beautifully. They were the standout performance for that day!

The Year 6 students participated in an interschool sports day on Tuesday at the Morris Buzacott oval in Kardinya. The students sportsmanship was outstanding and everyone gave their all in the games.

Congratulations to the Yr 6 Modcrosse team as they came home with a trophy for winning the most number of games.

Many thanks to Mrs Shaw, Mrs Ogg, and Mr Beins on organising the Book Week parade and

activities. The student parade showed off some amazing costumes and many thanks to families for the work put into organising the student costumes. Also, thanks to the staff for their outstanding skit and the Yr 6 students organising the classes for their parade.

A reminder of the upcoming Father’s Day breakfast on Friday, 2 September.

The P&F have been very active in organising. Thanks go to the P&F reps for making this happen.

There will be a P&F meeting on Tuesday, 30 August in the school staffroom.

On Wednesday, 31 August there is a School Advisory Council meeting in the school staffroom at 7:00pm.

God Bless and keep safe.

Allen McMahon


Merit Award Winners - Friday 26 August

Year 1G - Blake

Year 1W - Shivam, Olivia

Year 2G - Phoebe, Lucas

Year 2W - Emma, Alexander

Year 3G - Zara O, Amaia

Year 3W - Grace, Sophia. P

Year 4G - Raphaella, Olivia

Year 4W - Mischa

Year 5G - Maria Alice, Jason

Year 5W - Annabelle. F

Year 6G - Alexa, George

Year 6W - Tatiana

Important dates

Friday, 26 August - Assembly 2G

Monday, 29 August - Spelling Bee Competition - Years 4-6

Tuesday, 30 August - P&F Meeting 7 pm in staff room - all welcome!

Wednesday, 31 August - ICAS Maths Test - Years 3-6

Wednesday, 31 August - Kindy Father's Day

Wednesday, 31 August - School Advisory Council Meeting at 7pm

Thursday, 1 September - St Columba's Field Carnival - 9am - 1pm

Friday, 2 September - Father's Day Breakfast

Sunday, 4 September - Father's Day

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Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 2 September

The P & F are excited to invite all Fathers and Father Figures with Children in Pre-Primary to Year 6 to a Sausage Sizzle Breakfast next Friday 2 September from 7:30-9:00am in Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area).

To pump up the atmosphere kids are encouraged to dress in their Superhero best and can stay in these costumes for the duration of the day. Dads are also welcome to dress up as well! Who doesn’t love to dress up as Batman or Superman right?

Please note the Drive Through will be closed on Friday morning from 7:30am to allow Dads and Children to spread out onto the top oval as needed.

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Students not returning in 2023 - complete the form (Pre-Kindy to Year 5)

To assist us with planning for next year, please complete the form below if your child is not returning to St Columba’s next year (if you haven’t already done so). Families are obliged to provide at least one term’s notice in writing of their intention to remove a child from the school, otherwise a full term’s fees may be charged.

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CAPSS Inter School MHL Carnival

On 23 August at Morris Buzacott Reserve all Year 6 students attended the CAPSS Inter School MHL competition. Students competed in either a Modcrosse, Handball or League Tag competition. All teams competed at a high level displaying wonderful enthusiasm and team spirit. Our students placed 1st in Modcrosse and 4th in Leaguetag and 3rd in Handball. Our students demonstrated fantastic determination, continually putting a big effort toward their involvement and encouragement of others throughout the day. We are proud of our Students’ efforts, displaying their abilities over various types of sports and being excellent representatives of their school.
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Play School appearance

A few months ago Hana from Pre-Primary created a short video to submit to Play School on ABC kids. Hana was selected and her video was part of a short two minute montage on how to make a movie. The "Through the Windows" segment will air tomorrow on ABC kids at 9am as part of the "Lights Camera Action" episode of Play School. Hana is so excited to be on TV, especially as Play School is her favourite show!

It can also be viewed here now (through an iview account)

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Sr Maree Golden Jubilee Morning Tea

On Wednesday 24 August the staff surprised Sr Maree with a special morning tea to celebrate her Golden Jubilee year. We are so blessed to have such a strong relationship with the Parish and Josephites, who play an important role in the faith formation of our school.

Congratulations Sr Maree! 50 years is such an amazing feat!

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

I hope your children had fun on Monday with the book week dress up. What a great way to start the week!

Just to let everyone know, orders for tea towels and melamine plates have now closed. However, cards that count purchasing has now opened! Another great St Columba’s tradition.

Your children would have come home with a piece of paper with their unique code and information for ordering. If you have any issues, please let me know. You have until Friday, 2 September to place your orders.

The Colour Run registrations are in full swing. Please ensure you sign your children up ASAP so they can join in the fun leading up until the event. Please reach out to myself or the year 2 P&F reps if you have any issues.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, 30 August at 7pm in the staff room.

Looking forward to another great meeting.


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Congratulations Kindy G for having the highest number of avatars and raising the most money in the 1st week of our Colour Run fundraiser (this is based on percentage, to make it fair for all classes even those with smaller numbers).

Well done to 2G who were a close 2nd and Kindy W who were just behind in 3rd Spot!

Keep up the great work! WHO WILL WIN WEEK 2?

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Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 2 September

Calling all Dads and Father Figures,

You are invited to the Father's Day Breakfast Event, run by our P & F Team, on Friday, 2 September from 7:30 - 9:00am in Kalyara Mia (Undercover Area).

This event is for dads and father figures who have children in Pre-Primary to Year 6. (Kindy and Pre-Kindy Dads will have a separate event. Class teachers will send communications regarding this.)

The P & F will provide a sausage sizzle breakfast and a selection of baked goods. #yesplease

Dads and their children are welcome to dress in "Superhero" attire for the event. Just for a bit of extra fun! (completely optional). Games will also be available for those who wish to participate.


P & F Team

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2023 Josephite Calendar

Please click on the link below to order the 2023 Josephite Calendars.

All proceeds from the calendars help support those needs experienced by families in need, education, health, and many other areas.

Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

A thrilling finish to DOSCA Footy Tipping 2022!

Nothing like a perfect 9 correct tipping round from The Merenda Family (Lee M) to make it super interesting at the top of the table to determine overall bragging rights and honours for 2022.

So lets take a look at final standings

The Overall Leader board:

1. Binns Clan – David B – 138 points, 544 total margin

2. The Merenda Family – Lee M - 138 points, 606 total margin

3. Freo Donovan – Pat D - 133 points, 529 total margin

4. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K - 133 points, 608 total margin

5. Trish09 – Tricia A – 132 points

6. Scarymans - Mark S – 130 points, 550 total margin

7. Captain Shuey – Amelie D – 130 points, 573 total margin

8. Oggace – Brendon O – 127 points, 586 total margin

9. BenBristow18 – Ben B – 127 points, 598 total margin

10. JChamps – Jennie D - 124 points, 610 total margin

11. Lilanui – Lily D – 124 points, 622 total margin

12. Reneemethorst – Renee M – 124 points, 701 margin

Thank you for the great spirit of DOSCA tipping for 2022 and congratulations to Binns Clan (David B) in taking out our 2022 tipping competition, ultimately this coming down to total margin over the course of the year. A deserved winner!

We will coordinate at an upcoming Assembly to present the 2022 winner and perpetual trophy.

As mentioned in earlier newsletters I am hanging up the DOSCA tipping boots and appreciate the offer from Santhosh P to take up DOSCA Tipping into 2023.

All the very best and as always happy tipping!


Todd Dawson

CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning

Have your say on what matters regarding the wellbeing and learning of your child.

For example, has COVID or your partnership with the school affected your child’s wellbeing and learning?

If you are a parent or carer with a child in a Catholic school, CSPA would love to hear from you.

Click on the survey link and share your feedback to assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.

Your feedback will remain anonymous.

Click here for CSPA Parent Survey -

Entertainment Books

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

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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.

Enrol at

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Bricks 4 Kidz - Term 3

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School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 3: Thursday, 22 September and Friday, 23 September (Catholic Day)

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am