St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 5 | 20 MAY 2021

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Come, O Holy Spirit.
Come as Holy Fire and burn in us,
come as Holy Wind and cleanse us within,
come as Holy Light and lead us in the darkness,
come as Holy Truth and dispel our ignorance,
come as Holy Power and enable our weakness,
come as Holy Life and dwell in us.
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us,
until we are set free from the service of ourselves,
to be your servants to the world.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community

We are so excited to open the new Pre-Primary nature playground today! It is amazing and the children have had so much fun exploring their new play area. This project is a great P&F achievement, who have raised the funds, selected the vendor and managed the installation to completion. The children are very fortunate and blessed.

It is now the halfway point of a long term and I am genuinely pleased by the continued dedication and focus of all staff and students.

A big congratulations to our Year 4W class on making their First Holy Communion. The Mass on Sunday was lovely and a wonderful reflection on the commitment of our faith. Thank you to Mrs Buiks for working so beautifully with our students and to all the staff that contributed to this occasion. The Year 6 students are preparing for their Confirmation and enjoyed a Retreat on Wednesday facilitated by 24:7 Youth Ministry. They reflected on the importance of the Holy Spirit and how we can use these gifts in our everyday lives. Please keep these students in your thoughts and prayers as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday May 22nd.

Thank you to Mr Leigh Chatt and staff for providing the latest sporting opportunity for our Year 5 and 6 students. These students proudly represented St Columba’s and participated in the CAPSS VANS Carnival on Tuesday where they competed in a number of games of Soccer, Netball, AFL and Volleyball. Well done to everyone!

This Friday, May 21 is the 30th anniversary of Josephite Sr Irene McCormack’s death whilst serving as a missionary in Peru after 25 years of service to Catholic Education in Western Australia. Born in the Wheatbelt town of Trayning, Sr Irene is our very own. A cause for celebration and an inspiration for our West Australian Catholic community. The link below is to a prayer video compiled by student leaders from four Catholic schools in Perth who reflect on the gift of Sr Irene’s life as a life offered for love of God and love for the poor of our world. I am especially proud of our representatives, Christian, Scarlett H and Scarlett C, and the way they have spoken so openly and honestly. As the young leaders powerfully suggest in the video, Sr Irene’s story is a life and legacy for all of us to honour and feel affirmed in our own calling to be followers of Christ in our everyday lives. I would like to invite our school community to reflect on this prayer video in remembrance of Sr Irene and all those who offer their lives for love in overseas missionary service, especially during these COVID-19 times. Please click on the movie link to access the prayer video, I hope you are moved as much as I was when I watched it.

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


A life given in love

Important dates

Saturday, 22 May - Confirmation Mass at 6pm

Sunday, 23 May - Pentecost

Wednesday, 26 May - National Sorry Day Prayer Service

Sunday, 30 May - First Holy Communion Mass - 4G at 9.30am

Tuesday, 1 June - Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday, 1 June - P&F Meeting at 7pm

Friday, 4 June - Year 3W Assembly

What a week!

Year 2 - Worm juice fertiliser on sale

As of next week we will be selling the school's worm juice fertiliser made from our very own worm farm. Great for fertilising your gardens and works wonders on fruit trees. On sale from our stall on Thursday mornings outside the Year 2 classrooms. Note: This worm juice is concentrated and will need to be diluted before you use it on your garden.

Please bring:

1. Your own container

2. A gold coin donation

Canteen Roster - Week commencing 26 May

Wednesday - Julie Hyde

Thursday - Jay Wood

Friday -

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via phone or email.

Library Roster - Week commencing 24 May

Monday - Lara Tulett

Wednesday - Chia Sim

Scholastic Book Club

Online orders are due by 2 June 2021.

Soklich & Co - Student Jewellery Design Competition

It’s Term 2 and entries are now open for our annual Student Jewellery Design competition.

All primary and secondary students are eligible to enter and closes on Wednesday 23 June 2021. For more information and to download the entry forms go to our website link

Last year’s winner came from St Columba’s Catholic Primary School. See attached her beautiful winning pendant design that was manufactured. We hope to see many creative entries this year and once again we will be awarding the winning student a $500 Soklich & Co. Gift voucher and $500 cash to go to their school’s Art Department.

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

Round 9 has seen a change across the leader board and goes to show how much of an impact one tip right or wrong can make. It appears the Port v Bulldogs game was a key game last week to determine the weekly winner and overall leader board.

Current Leader Board

We have a change in the stand-alone leader this week with Todd D (Goal Sneak) leading the way on 46 points

In clear second place is Ben B (BenBristow18) on 45 points, followed closely by David B (Binns Clan) on 44 points

Round 9 Winner

Goal Sneak (Todd D) with an 8 and 22 point margin

Round 10 starts Friday night with Brisbane Lions at home taking on the Richmond Tigers

At the next assembly we will announce the latest rounds winners to claim their prizes.

Happy Tipping

Todd Dawson

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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 1 June at 7pm

Tuesday, 3 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 16 June at 7pm

Wednesday, 11 August at 7pm

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

School Term Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 1 July

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 2: Tuesday, 8 June. Friday, 2 July

Term 3: Monday, 19 July

Term 4: Monday, 11 October