St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 2 | 21 OCTOBER 2021
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
From the Principal
Dear St Columba’s school community,
The highlight of my week was Monday morning when I heard all about the ‘Dad’s Camp Out’ which was held Saturday night. From all accounts it was a great success, and everyone had a fantastic time. A big thank you to Todd Dawson, Neilson de Souza and Mel Naso for organising this event and to all the volunteers that made this happen. The good news is that plans are already underway for next year!
A reminder that if you are using Kiss and Drive, please ensure that you follow the correct guidelines as outlined in the Parent Handbook. Driving etiquette, courtesy and patience are the key to the success of this service. Please make sure that your coloured label is clearly visible as this will assist staff on duty. ‘Kiss and Drive’ Rules are as follows;
- ‘Kiss and Drive’ times are 8:30am to 8:50am and 3:05pm to 3:30pm
- The entry to ‘Kiss and Drive’ is by LEFT turn only from Forrest Street.
- Cars exiting ‘Kiss and Drive’, exit RIGHT only onto Alexandra Drive.
- Parents are to remain in vehicles at all times. If your child is not capable of exiting the car unassisted, staff will open doors and help these students if necessary.
- If your child is not at ‘Kiss and Drive’ when you arrive, please do not stop or pull over to the side. You are required to go around and join the line again. Staff on duty will ask you to keep moving if this occurs.
- Mobile phones are not to be used in ‘Kiss and Drive’.
- Students are to exit the vehicle on the left-hand side.
- Student bags are to be placed in the vehicle and not in the boot. This will prevent children from having to pass between two vehicles.
- Driving speed through ‘Kiss and Drive’ is at walking pace.
- Please ensure that you stop your vehicle at a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- At Pick Up, only parents with children in Kindergarten or Pre-Primary and with no siblings in other grades, may enter ‘Kiss and Drive’ before 3:05pm.
Next week you will see some staff out and about, completing a survey for the City of South Perth based on traffic control around the school during drop off and pick up. The aim is to collect and present this data to the council to assist with the congestion around the school.
Next Friday is Grandparents Day! The day will begin with an assembly starting at 9am with the Pre-Primary students entertaining us all. I am really looking forward to meeting as many grandparents as I can. Thank you to our P&F representatives for organising the morning tea for our special visitors. Please note Kiss and Drive will be closed on this morning due to the assembly being held on the top oval.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!
Annual School Community General Meeting
Nominations now open for P&F Executive and School Advisory Council
The Annual School Community General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm in the Kalyara Mia. This meeting is open to everyone in our School Community and I encourage you to come along and listen to both the P&F Executive and the School Advisory Council as they present their annual reports for 2021. The election of new members onto the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive will be held at this meeting.
The School Advisory Council is a sounding board to the Principal to help with the present and future operation of the school. Please note it is not involved in the day-to-day operations or school finances. There will be one position available on the School Advisory Council for 2022. People interested in being elected to the Council, the following selection criteria will need to be considered:
- A keenness to promote quality Catholic schooling
- Possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Council
- A deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff
- A desire to give service to the St Columba’s Catholic School community
- An ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Council
For the P&F, all positions are declared open. Those who wish to become a member of the Executive a nomination form will need to be completed and are elected by a vote at the Community Meeting.
Nomination forms for the both the School Advisory Council and P&F will need to be handed to myself no later than Friday, November 5. Please find the nomination forms below.
Merit award winners - Friday, 29 October
Year 1W - Hugh, Genevieve, Grace, Wesley V
Year 2G - Vinay, Annabelle, Ethan F
Year 2W - Angus, Kai, Neala, Leah
Year 3G - Aiden L, Michaela, Olivia
Year 3W - Alexander, Bughaw, Raphaella, Harry
Year 4G - William
Year 4W - Tiana, Matthew
Year 5G - Chloe
Year 5W - Martina, Ben
Year 6 - Holly, Sohfia, Isabella
Monday, 25 October - Reconciliation Parent Meeting 6pm at the Church
Friday, 29 October - Teachers Day
Friday, 29 October - Grandparent's Day Assembly and Morning Tea
Monday, 1 November - Reconciliation Retreat Incursion
Tuesday, 2 November - CAPSS Athletics Carnival selected Year 3-6
Thursday, 4 November - Year 5G Zoo Camp
Thursday, 4 November - All Saints Day Mass
Friday, 5 November - Remembrance Day Poppy Fundraiser - Gold Coin Donation
Sunday, 21 November - Christmas Fair
Monday, 22 November - Parent ICT Information for Year 4 Parents 2022 at 6pm
Altar Serving Training - St Columba's Church
Altar Serving is a very special role within our Parish community and only involves serving at Mass once a month. It is a great way to participate more fully in the Mass.
A training session will be conducted on Saturday 6th November at 3:30pm in the Parish Centre.
This session is for any children who have made their First Holy Eucharist and are interested in Altar Serving at St Columba's Parish.
Please contact Jenny Collins (0418 944 835) for more information or to confirm attendance.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Scholastic Book Club
Can you believe it's Fourth Term already, before we know it the year will be over!
I would like to say a huge "Thank You", to Todd, Neilson and Mel from the DOSCA Dads for the amazing job they did organising the magnificent Dads Camp Out last weekend. Everyone I've spoken to cannot stop talking about it. Your hard work is greatly appreciated, let's hope we can have another one next year.
We hope that the faction colour bibs purchased by the P&F for the sports carnival made it easier to spot your child and faction when competing.
We have Grandparents Day on Friday 29th October, I'd like to thank Hayley and Renee for all their organisation. We hope all Grandparents will enjoy the Devonshire Tea.
The Fair is fast approaching. Thank you to all the class reps and volunteers for your help. If you haven't already put your name down for helping, could you please do as many hands make light work, which means everyone gets time to enjoy the day and atmosphere.
The AGM is soon approaching on the 10th November. All parents and careers are very welcomed to come along.
Camp Out 2021
Camp Out 2021 was a wonderful event. Dads were able to spends some quality time with their kids and were able to meet other Dads.
Camp Out was a terrific demonstration of our school and the community spirit. We thank Monsignor, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Jenaway, Mrs Creek and all the Dads for their time and support. We would also like to thank Park Crafty Meats in Vic Park, Tammy’s Bakery and Our Ruby Girl coffee van.
We are really keen to organise another Dads event before the end of the year, and start 2022 with welcome celebrations!
If you are keen to be involved or would like to be added to the WhatsApp list, please email your name and phone number to the front office.
Todd, Mel and Neilsen
Christmas Fair News
1 MONTH TO GO
This year has passed me by at an alarming rate and I cant believe that there is now just over four weeks to go until our Fair. If you haven't already, please follow the St. Columba's Christmas Fair on Facebook and Instagram so that you can get all the latest information and show your support for all of our sponsors.
I am blown away by the quality of the market stall holders that will be joining us on the day, so get ready to do some Christmas shopping while the kids go crazy in the games pavilion and riding the rides!!
LET’S PROMOTE THE FAIR
I hope everyone has noticed our fabulous sign on the wall of SOCO Realty. SOCO are one of the fair's Platinum Sponsors, and I'd like to give a huge thank you to Ashleigh Goodchild and SOCO for making this possible. Such fabulous exposure and promotion for our event.
Big thanks to Mrs Govorko, who is working hard with our children in Art to create some fabulous signs to help us promote the event. If you have a business and/or home in a prominent position where you could put a sign up on your fence or stake it in your front garden, please contact me and I’ll arrange to get the signs to you.
Thank you also to Sue Griffin who designed our gorgeous fair posters. They have been printed and copies are sitting in the office. If you can put one up in your work place, local shops, sporting clubs etc please come and pick them up from the office and help me spread the word!
Calling For Volunteers
Thank you so much to all the class reps and their helpers for coordinating all our class stalls, I really appreciate your help.
There are still many volunteer positions available for class stalls and also the fair online sign up. I will need lots of helpers on the day to make this a fabulous and smooth running event. Please see link below to an online sign up for volunteers. I urge you to put your hand up for an hour or two and contribute to this fantastic day. Not all the jobs are glamorous, but I appeal to you all for your help. I promise I will shower you with praise and love!! Many hands make light work...the more the merrier etc etc!!
Class reps have been selling tickets for our raffle
The raffle will be drawn on Friday Week 3. Have a lovely weekend and make the most of the sunshine.
The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.
All Schools Challenge 2021
VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays
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 education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Reds Volleyball Club
Reds Volleyball - Term 4 Kids Volley!
Kids Volley for Year 3-6 volleyballers is back for Term 4! Registrations are now open for all primary school aged kids to join in the fun at Reds!
School Advisory Council Meetings
Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm
School Term Dates
Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December