St. Columba's Primary School


"Be a gift of love and compassion for one another."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

A huge thank you to the P&F ladies led by Mrs Tulett for organising the Father’s Day Breakfast this morning. There was a great turnout of dads and a wonderful treat for the Dad’s for Father’s Day. Well done to all involved.

A reminder that I will be away from next Thursday for the remainder of the term. I will be in Belgium working with a number of WA and SA school Principals on Contemporary RE in Australian Catholic Schools. While I am away Mrs Komnick will be in charge and Ms Sadowski will be covering some of Mrs Komnick’s work.

Many thanks to our School Wellness Committee for organising the Wellness Week activities for the students and staff. It was also great that we had Jeremy McClure, who is related to the Ng Cheong Tin family, being available to talk to the students about how they can achieve really well if they are passionate enough and work hard enough. A great talk on how to work with adversity and not just to give up. A big thank you to the P&F for sponsoring Jeremy.

I attended the School Choir performances at the Catholic Education’s 2019 Performing Arts Festival last week and this week. They sang beautifully and were a credit to the training and guidance from Mrs McDonald. A big thank you to Mrs McDonald for the time and work that she puts into training the choirs so well.

Many thanks to Mrs Malarkey and the library staff for the wonderful work that they put into organising Book Week and the book week staff item. Book Week was a huge success with students, and a great way to promote reading and books which in some parts of today’s society can be forgotten due the use of technology. Well done to all involved.

Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers’ on Sunday.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


Important Dates

Friday 30 August

  • Pupil Free Day - No School for Students

Sunday 1 September

  • Fathers' Day

Tuesday 3 September

  • P&F Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday 4 September

  • PAF - Year 3's - 11:15am to 12:30pm at the Morley Recreation Centre
  • PAF - Year 6's - 1:15pm to 2:15pm at the Morley Recreation Centre

Thursday 5 September

  • PAF - Year 4's - 11:40am to 1pm at the Morley Recreation Centre
  • Year 5 Excursion ATCO Gas

Friday 6 September

  • Athletics Field Day for Years 3 to 6

What a Week!

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients at last week's assembly. Well done!

There is no Merit Award assembly next week due to the Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival.

Wellness Week

At St Columba’s we believe that developing wellbeing practices for the mind, body and spirit nurtures the growth of the whole child.

Kindy 2020: A Few Places Now Available - Spread the Word

A few places have become available for St Columba’s Kindergarten next year (2020) due to enrolled families moving out of the area or interstate. If you know of families interested in joining our Kindergarten, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible. Call (08) 64369500 or email .

Kindy 2020:

For children born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016

Kindy 2021:

For children born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017

(Waiting list positions still available)

Parish News

On Saturday in the Vigil Mass at 6pm I will celebrate my 45th anniversary of Ordination on 31 August 1974. The guest homilist will be Fr Greg Carroll with whom I have worked closely for 35 of those years. Fr Greg was homilist for Fr Vincent Conroy’s 50th anniversary celebrated at Como last year. After the Jubilee Mass there will be a reception in the Parish Centre. ALL ARE WELCOME. Attached is a memento Prayer Card for my anniversary, including a Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer.

It’s a happy coincidence that my anniversary of Ordination, is on the eve of Father’s Day. So during the Sunday Masses at 7.30am and 9.30am there will be a Blessing for all fathers present, and prayers for any who have died, especially Ron Van Der Beuken, R.I.P.

I enjoyed being with the school community this morning for the Fathers' Day Breakfast.

May God Bless you all.

Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 2 September - Louise Deshon

Wednesday 4 September - Sheridan Andrews

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

St Columba's Library

Scholastic Book Club Orders - Due Monday

Scholastic Book Club orders are due no later than this Monday, 2 September. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP.

Artist of the Week

Leighton from Year 1 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen because of her awesome x-ray fish artwork. Leighton's favourite thing about her artwork is its colours. She loves Art because she likes learning new ways to draw and do art. Leighton likes Mrs Govorko's artwork because it is colourful.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Saheli in Year 4 is the Musician of the Week and plays the piano. Her teacher is Gwen. She has been playing piano for four years. Her favourite piece is 'Fur Elise'by Beethoven. She would like to learn to play the ukulele because she likes playing and it’s fun. She likes music because it’s relaxing. Her favourite composer is Beethoven because she has heard a lot of his music. Saheli is also in the choir because she likes singing.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Parents and Friends

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We hope everyone enjoys the Fathers Day weekend. The P&F would like to thank the Year 3 classes for a wonderful breakfast for the Dads, Grandfathers and special male figures in our children's life. Thank you to the Year 2 Classes for organising the photo booth and activities for our guests. Thank you to the Salvemini family for the wonderful first prize for our Fathers’ Day raffle. Congratulations to Ron Dixon in winning this fabulous prize. All of the hard work is greatly appreciated.

Our new portable PA system has arrived. It will get great use especially for the sports carnival and when we want music for our functions.

A very big reminder: the Retro Bingo fundraiser night tickets are on sale now.

Thank you to Crown for the following raffle prizes.

  • 1st Prize $1,500 Crown Voucher
  • 2nd Prize 1 night stay at the Crown Towers
  • 3rd Prize $100 Crown Voucher

Please find your Class Reps or at the Office for tickets. $20 each or 3 for $50. Be in it to win it!

All prize donations need to be in by Wednesday 4 September 2019. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.

A reminder that our next P&F meeting is next Tuesday at 7pm. All parents and carers are welcome to these informative meetings. We look forward to seeing you there.

Lara Tulett


Big Bingo Prizes: Win at Stay at Pan Pacific Hotels

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DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

Football tipping has come to it’s finale with Round 23 complete. After a late season tipping fight back Wolf Pack 1 – Clint P has held his nerve in the final round with a score of 8 to increase his lead at the top of the ladder to take out DOSCA – Dad’s of St Columba’s Football 2019 Football Tipping. A terrific achievement in a season that was the closely contested across the competition with just 2 tips separating 1st to 4th place.

Bragging rights for highest tipping in the final rounds goes to Freo’Donovan– Pat D. A perfect tipping round of 9 is a great way to complete the year.

Top 10 Final Standings:

1. Wolf Pack 1 – Clint P - 133

2. MC The Best - Matthew C - 131

3. Scarymans - Mark S - 131

4. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 131

5. Kennedy 17 - 129

6. Ruparob - Rupa P - 129

7. Eagle Duke - Duke D - 129

8. O’Eagle - Oliver P - 128

9. Binns Clan – David B - 128

10. Freo ’19 – Rod D - 127

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Curtin University Hockey Club Summer School Program at St Columba's

Commencing Tuesday 15 October, 7:30am to 8:30am for 8 weeks. $80 per person. Year 1 to Year 6 students. The program caters for all skill levels. Coached by Aleisha Power, Hockeyroos Debutant and WA Thunderstruck team member.

To register email child and parent's full names, date of birth, gender, contact email and contact phone number.

Congratulations Charlotte (Year 3P)

Well done and congratulations to Charlotte for being part of the 'Wizard of Oz' stage production held at the Regal Theatre recently.

Community News

Relationships Australia Parenting Workshops September 2019

Visit the Relationships Australia website for information about the courses and workshops available for parents and carers during the month of September, or contact 61640239.

Fremantle Ports Maritime Day - Saturday 2 November - B Shed - Victoria Quay - Free Event

The Company of Master Mariners of Australia and Fremantle Ports in association with the Department of Transport Marine Safety Business Unit and Royal Australian Navy will once again celebrate Maritime Day with a special open day to highlight the role of the maritime industry in Western Australia. The 2019 theme is centred on empowering women in the maritime industry. Further information contact Jane Edwards 94303373, or visit

Self-Regulation Skills and Fitness for people on the Autism Spectrum

Jan de Jong Martial Arts Fitness is holding a free introductory session on Saturday 7 September at 1.30pm, Level 9, 168 St Georges Terrace, Perth. This is a hands-on lesson for children and families to try a class and learn more about Jan de Jong Ju Jutsu and how we teach it. It is also an information session for parents and staff who work with people on the autism spectrum. We will discuss and show how we teach our traditional style of Ju Jutsu with its practical applications of body movements, safe falling skills, unbalancing and self defence skills and the benefits that past students have experienced from our classes. Conducted by Maggie de Jong. For further information visit the website, email or call 93218685 or 0427970481.