St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 7 | 24 NOVEMBER 2022

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


Well done to our Year 6 students on a wonderful last assembly on Monday. They were very creative and performed beautifully. I have to say it is very pleasing to see how confidently they spoke and performed. I am sure that there are some budding performers in the making. Many thanks to Mr Popadynec, Mrs O'Brien, Mrs Daniele and Mrs McDonald for co-ordinating. It is not always easy to prepare the last Year 6 assembly and to produce such a high quality performance.


Reports will once again be available online from Wednesday, 7 December. If you have any questions please see your classroom teacher.


I wish to advise families that double stream classes have been shuffled in preparation for the start of the 2023 school year. The teachers looked at a number of criteria in determining the split. This will include academic, social, friendship and gender. The school will look at family requests however, requests for individual teachers are not a part of the process.


The Carol’s Night and P&F sundowner will be on Friday, 2 December on the school bottom oval. It is a requirement that students from PP - Year 6 attend, as each class will be singing a carol. The carol singing for all classes should take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The evening will begin with the Choir singing from 5:45pm and the classes from 6:00pm. Students will need to be dropped at their classroom by 5:20pm.


2023 class lists and teachers will be disseminated to families next Tuesday via email.


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

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Important Dates

Friday 25 November - ASCS Swimming Carnival - Y4-6

Tuesday 29 November - Graduation - Y6 - 6pm

Thursday 1 December - Bunnings Incursion - Y1

Friday 2 December - Carols Evening - 5.45pm

Monday 5 December - Liturgy - Y1 - 10.15am

Monday 5 December - Nativity - Kindy G - 2pm

Tuesday 6 December - Nativity - Kindy W - 2pm

Wednesday 7 December - Adventure World Excursion - Y6

Wednesday 7 December - Liturgy - Y3

Wednesday 7 December - Educated by Nature Incursion - Y1

Thursday 8 December - Thanksgiving Mass - 9am

Friday 9 December - Term 4 ends

Library Roster

Monday 28 November - Sheridan Andrews

Tuesday 29 November - Nicole Baroni

Monday 5 December - Lara Tulett

Tuesday 6 December - Chia Sim

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Carols Evening – Friday, 2 December

The Carols Night and P&F Sundowner will be held on Friday, 2 December (Week 8) on the school bottom oval. It is a requirement that students from PP - Year 6 attend, as each class will be singing a carol.


Kindy students attending the Carols night will have the option of singing a carol and at the end of their carol will be allowed to sit with their family. The carol singing for all classes should take approximately an hour.


The evening will begin with the Choir singing from 5:45pm and the classes from 6:00pm.

PP - Year 6 students are required to meet their classroom teacher in their classroom at 5:20pm. Kindy students need to meet their class teacher on the bottom oval at this time.

PP – Y6 classes will commence walking down to the bottom oval from 5:30pm.


Students are encouraged to wear a Christmas T-shirt / clothing in the Christmas colours. Christmas headpieces are optional. Enclosed footwear must be worn.


Families are able to bring a picnic if they wish.


Please note, at the end of the Carols, children will be dismissed to families and the school will not be responsible for supervising the students.

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Advent

The beauty of Advent is that it is a season, not a day. Preparing for Advent as Catholics means that we can enjoy the richness of our faith which helps us to prepare our hearts and minds for celebrating the coming of the Christ child on Christmas.


What is the Advent season in the Catholic Church?

Advent is a four-week spiritual preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas day. We have four weeks of Mass readings and prayers to help us focus on Jesus and what He has done for us.

The First Sunday of Advent is this weekend – Sunday, 27 November.


What does Advent prepare us for?

Advent is a gift to us. The four weeks of Advent help us to prepare us to truly celebrate Christmas, to contemplate and understand (as much as we are humanly able) the great reality of God becoming man for our sakes because of His great love for each of us.

Advent gives us the opportunity to reflect more on the truths about Jesus and our Catholic faith so we can spiritually prepare our hearts for celebrating Jesus’ birth on Christmas.


How do we prepare for Advent?

Advent itself is a time of preparation. We do not necessarily need to prepare for Advent itself but use the time of Advent to prepare for Christ’s coming on Christmas.


Here are some ideas of things you can do with your family to help prepare during Advent for Christmas.

· Pray more

· Go to Mass

· Go to Reconciliation

· Have and Advent wreath - An Advent wreath is a wreath with four candles. Usually, there are three purple candles and one pink candle. Each Sunday in Advent, one new candle is lit.

· Practice Advent traditions each year


There are many ways during Advent that we can prepare our hearts and minds for celebrating Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Semester 2 Reports 2022 (Pre-Primary to Year 6)

Semester 2 Reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students will be made available on Wednesday, 7 December at 3:30 pm.


Reports will be provisioned online this semester through the SEQTA Engage portal.


Reports for Kindergarten students only will be sent home as a hard copy on Wednesday, 7 December.


All parents with children in Pre-Primary to Year 6, who have received their child’s report online previously, have been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account.


The SEQTA Engage web address is https://stcolumbassp.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/

Please note there is also a ‘Reports – SEQTA Engage’ tab on the FAMILIES page of the school website that links directly to the above link.


Please ensure you can log into your account so that you can receive your child's Semester 2 report.


If you are unable to locate your login information, please follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Forgot your password?" link
  • Enter your email address into the relevant box and click on Reset my password
  • Go to your email box and reset your password according to the instructions in the email.
  • The password reset email will expire after 1 hour of being generated.


Parents who are new to St Columba’s this semester or who have not previously been provisioned with a SEQTA Engage account will receive an email shortly inviting them to create one.


Please contact the front office if you have any issues logging into your SEQTA Engage account.

Camp Australia has limited places for school holidays

Camp Australia is encouraging St Columba's families who wish to take use of the school holiday program to enrol soon, as places will be limited due to staffing demands. Their full holiday program can be found in the PDF below.

School Photos Update

School Photos were distributed by classroom Teachers last Friday, 18 November.

In the event that you did not receive what you were expecting, please contact Photo Hendriks Customer Service directly on 9361 3206.

School Photos – Choir and Student Leaders

Should parents wish to purchase a photo of their children in the 2022 School Choir or as part of the Student Leaders group they are able to do so by following the information below.


The Package Day Yearbook Photos are now available to view and purchase on the schools Web Gallery.


To access the gallery, follow the below procedure:

1. Go to www.photohendriksgalleries.com by clicking on the button below.

2. Click on the St Columba's Catholic Primary School logo

3. Enter password : racu87


If the Parents have any queries, please advise them to contact Customer Service at customerservice@photohendriks.com.au

School fees are now overdue

School fees are overdue. Those families who have not finalised their fee statements please do so at your earliest convenience. All school fees should have been finalised by 18 November 2022 unless alternative arrangements made. For those families on payment plans your payments will continue. If you have any queries regarding your fee statement please contact our School Finance Officer, Narelle Foster.

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

The Annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is about to begin, and St Columba’s Primary School is excited to be involved once again.


What is the Vinnies Christmas Appeal?

For many people, Christmas is a joyful time of year however, the sad reality is that 13.3% of Australians are living in poverty. Of these, 731,300 are children who may not get their Christmas wish. Your support can make a difference.

Our generosity through the Vinnies Christmas Appeal can provide urgent relief for a family who’s doing it tough this Christmas and give them hope for a better future.


How does St Columba’s get involved?

St Columba’s is participating in the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal. We are looking for families to donate non-perishable food items to the baskets in each classroom, which will be used to make up Christmas hampers for those in need.


Hamper must haves

· Supermarket gift card (to purchase perishable items)

· Breakfast condiments like jam and Vegemite

· Candy canes

· Christmas cake, fruit mince pies

· Christmas pudding

· Confectionery

· Jelly

· Long life juice/cordial

· Long life custard/milk

· Pancake mix

· Ring pull tinned fruit and vegetables, canned meals, soup

· Sweet and savoury biscuits / crackers

· Tea, coffee, sugar, milo


Other items

· Bon-bons

· Breakfast cereals

· Muesli bars

· Pasta / rice / couscous

· Popcorn (pre-popped or microwavable)

· Potato chips

· Sauces for pastas and curries

· Two-minute noodles or other instant pasta packs

· Toy gift cards


We ask to please have no opened or second-hand items and that you make sure the items have a long expiry date.


Students may bring in any items on the lists above.


All items will need to be brought to school by Friday 25 November (Week 7) to ensure collection takes place before Christmas.


We look forward to partnering with St Vincent de Paul again this year to really make a difference in the lives of those in our local community.

Kidz in Sport - Term 4

The P&F will sponsor the Kidz in Sport sessions at lunchtime this term for students in Years 1-6.


Tuesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 4- 6

8 weeks starting Tuesday, 18 October


Wednesdays, 1:20 -1:50pm Yr 1-3

8 weeks starting Wednesday, 19 October


Sessions will take place on the tennis courts and cover a range of sports and skills.


Students are welcome to wear their sports uniform on their Kidz in Sports Day for the remainder of the term.

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P&F News

Hi everyone, we are on the home stretch!


This week the P&F brought in the big guns - 2022 WA Australian of the Year, Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe. Paul gave two presentations to our community this week; one for the students and one for the parents. We really hope you got something out of this. We are passionate about online safety and want to keep our commitment to providing opportunities and education in this space. If you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I would like to take this opportunity to make special mention of Todd Dawson. Most of you will be lucky enough to know Todd through the Dads of St Columba's. This is his last year with the school.

On behalf of the P&F, thank you Todd for all your dedication, support and generosity you have given to St Columbas’ over the years. You are an absolute legend and will be missed.


Have a great week everyone!


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

All Schools Swim Challenge - Saturday 3 December

Please contact Rupa Pitt (Chayses' mum) if you are interested: ruparob@hotmail.com
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Entertainment Books

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

Scholastic Books

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

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School Term Dates

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