St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 1 | 13 OCTOBER 2022
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back everyone to the start of Term 4.
I hope that everyone had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays. However, I am quite sure there are a number of families who are now enjoying some peace and quiet at home during school hours.
We have certainly hit the ground running with school Photos starting on Tuesday
and a number of events coming up over the next three weeks.
Thank you to the P&F for the wonderful finish to Term 3 with the whole school Colour Run. It was such a great community-building initiative, with parents, students and staff having fun and raising money for our new Art Mural outside the Library. Thank you to all the parents involved who contributed to the day being such a great memory for our students.
For those who might be not be aware, Fr Casey passed away recently and there will be a
Requiem Mass for him on Monday, 24 October.
Fr Casey was a significant part of our school history as he was the Parish Priest at St Columba’s for thirty two years. To honour his commitment to our Parish and School, our Year 6 students have been asked by Monsignor O’Loughlin to form an Honour Guard for his coffin as it leaves the Church. The students have agreed to provide the Honour Guard for his coffin. Thank you to the year 6 families for agreeing to this.
Next week is very exciting week for our Year 6 students who will be attending Camp at Fair Bridge Farm in Pinjarra. I am sure that they will have a great time and I would like to thank the staff and parents who will be supervising the students over the three days.
God Bless and keep safe.
Grandparents Day Morning Tea – Friday, 28 October 2022
Calling all Grandparents,
You are invited to our Grandparents Day, held on Friday, 28 October.
We ask families to reply to our Expression of Interest form to allow the P & F to ascertain numbers for catering purposes. We ask for this to be completed by COB Friday, 14 October.
A Grandparents Day Mass for Years 3-6 students and grandparents will be held in the Church from 9:00am.
A Grandparents Day Liturgy for PP - Y2 students and grandparents will be held in the Church from 11:10am.
A Grandparents Morning will be held in Kindy on Wednesday, 26 October from 8:30am-9:30am – separate from the remainder of the school.
Students will be able to sit with their grandparents at the Mass/Liturgy.
A Morning Tea for grandparents only will be provided in Kalyara Mia from 10:00am after Mass, kindly supplied by the P & F.
Grandparents are also able to spend time with their grandchildren in the classrooms and at recess time (10:50am-11:10am) and after the Liturgy.
We are excited to be able to offer this community event for our grandparents.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent Night
Parents of those students in Year 3 who are making their Reconciliation this term are invited to the Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent Information Night next Monday, 17 October at 6pm in the Church.
We look forward to supporting our Year 3 students as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation later this term.
Year 6 Camp
The postponed Year 6 Camp will take place in Week 2 this term from Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 October at Fairbridge Pinjarra Camp School. We look forward to this amazing experience as one of the highlights of primary school and wish the staff, students and parent helpers attending all the best for a fantastic adventure.
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 bottom oval at lunchtime 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.
School Photos 2022 - Term 4, Week 1
School Photos took place this week.
Instructions for ordering photos are inside the student envelopes and are self explanatory. A wide choice of photo packs are available for purchase.
Please note that any late student photo orders can be placed and paid for online within 10 days of Photo Day.
The final photo schedule for tomorrow is below. Just the Pre-Kindy class to go!
All School Photo orders placed with Photo Hendriks will be delivered to the school and sent home with students.
Parents will be notified as soon as the school receives delivery of the photos.
Please contact the school office directly if you have any questions.
League Stars is coming to St Columba's!
Following on from the success of the after school Basketball program, St Columba's will be hosting a League Stars Program after school in Term 4.
It will be on Mondays and Wednesdays and the cost is $79. Registration and payment is directly with League Stars.
The three week program with two 1hr sessions per week (3:15pm – 4:15pm) are on
- Mondays: 17th, 24th and 31st of October
- Wednesdays: 19th and 26th of October and the 2nd of November
Register via the link below: Register / Player / enter South Perth as the location
Please contact the coach if you have any questions:
I hope everyone had a wonderful school holiday break. I can’t believe we are in Term 4 already, on the home stretch!
This term we have lots of fantastic events for both the children and Parents/Carers. I am so glad the challenges of Covid are behind us (for now) and we are now able to hold these events. They are as follows:
28th October: Grandparents Day
29th October: Dads Campout
4th November: School Disco (More Info to come - the night will be split into 3)
5th November: Night in White (Parents/Carers and staff only).
We are also excited that the P&F will be offering a number of courses and activities this term, that support the kids both mental and physical health. They are:
Term 4: Kidz n Sports lunchtime activities
7th November : Western Health Kids incursion for Years 4-6
22nd November evening: Cyber security parent sessions (more information to come)
It’s a big term, but it will definitely be worth it!
Have a wonderful week everyone.
2 weeks to go until Camp Out 2022 - Saturday, 29 October
Excitement is in the air as the 2022 Dads of St Columba’s Camp Out is only weeks away – a great opportunity to spend time with the kids and meet other Dads at our school.
A Family registration costs $30. Please register below, so we can ensure the appropriate dinner, breakfast and drinks provision. Registrations will close on Tuesday, 25 October.
Volunteers & Como Hotel Drinks
We have created a WhatsApp group to organise the Camp Out. If you are able to assist before, during or after the Camp Out, or would like to be added to the WhatsApp group, please let us know by contacting Todd Dawson (0447 439 656), Mel Naso (0419 924 216) or Neilsen De Souza (0417 914 446)
We will hold an “information session” for volunteers at the Como Hotel on Wednesday, 19 October @ 6.30pm.
Changing of the Guard
The 2022 Camp Out marks a transition point for a number of Dads with kids in Year 6 leaving St Columba’s. We would love to hear from Dad’s who will take the reins of “Dads of St Columba’s”, specifically the legend that is Camp Out in 2023 and years to come.
Whilst COVID has kept us quiet in recent times, previous years we have organised golf days, cricket in the park, drinks on the iconic Paddle Steamer Decoy and a session or two at the Como Hotel.
2022 presents as a great opportunity to partner with you to handover and set future years up for success.
Time to register for P&F Night in White
This years school disco is Friday November 4th and the theme is under the sea. The disco is going to be split into three time slots:
4:45- 5:30 -Kindy and PP (Doors Open and 1 parent to attend and supervise child)
5:45-6:45 - Year 1-3 (no parents children to be signed in on arrival and are unable to leave until parent signs them out at the end)
7:00 - 8:30 - year 4-6 (as above)
Term 4 Tennis Coaching with Marshalls Tennis Academy - Y3-6
Commencing Term 4 - Week 2 on Thursday's at 1.15pm
Click on the link below to register
School Term Dates
Term 4: Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December 2022
Pupil Free Dates
Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022
Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am