St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 4 | 13 MAY 2021

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Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist

You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us.

Thank You for giving our child the opportunity to experience this love

in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.

May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin, fortified in faith,

pervaded by love for God and neighbour, and fruitful in virtue,

that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life

and attain final union with You at death.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

At last week’s assembly, the Year 1 students reminded us about the importance of ‘Being You’. This was a truly inspirational message for them to share with our school community and I thank them very much.

The start of this week was magnificent with a lovely Mother’s Day Breakfast organised by our Year 1 P&F Representative. I’m sure every mother, grandmother, aunty or mother figure that attended felt very special. The morning concluded with a beautiful Mother’s Day Liturgy by the Year 4 staff and students. A big thank you to everyone involved in the wonderful event.

NAPLAN week always brings with it a mixture of excitement and anxiety for teachers, students and parents. A big thank you to our teachers for guiding our students through this week.

Our Sacramental Program is in full swing with the Year 4 students participating in a Eucharist Retreat facilitated by 24:7 Youth Ministry which from all accounts the students thoroughly enjoyed. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Last Supper and the significance of receiving the bread and wine. This Sunday, May 16th, will be the beginning of our Sacramental Masses. The students in Year 4W will be receiving their First Holy Communion and I ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Merit award winners - Friday, 14 May

Year 1G - Archie, Ava C

Year 1W - Annabelle, Lilli

Year 2G - Giverny, April

Year 2W - John, Nena

Year 3G - Mischa, Toby

Year 3W - Darcey, James, Max

Year 4G - Ava, Joseph

Year 4W - Allegra, Florence

Year 5G - Ava, Tiago

Year 5W - Joshua, Siri

Year 6 - Teresa, Sienna

Important dates

Friday, 14 May - Year 2G Assembly

Sunday, 16 May - First Holy Communion Mass - 4W at 9.30am

Tuesday, 18 May - VANS Carnival Year 5-6

Wednesday, 19 May - Confirmation Retreat Day - Youth Incursion

Saturday, 22 May - Confirmation Mass at 6pm

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

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Vinnies Sleepout

On 17 June 2021 St Columba's parent Catherine Stokes will join the Vinnies Sleepout to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. This year, following the impact of COVID some people will experience homelessness for the first time. Your donation can make a huge difference. To make a donation visit here CEO SLEEPOUT - Catherine Stokes

Return Project Compassion boxes

Project Compassion boxes must be returned by next Thursday, 20th May.

Canteen Roster - Week commencing 19 May

Wednesday - Julie Hyde

Thursday - Emma Whitfield

Friday - Zoey Jensen

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 17 May

Monday - Christine Khose

Wednesday - Mary Donovan

Sr Maree

TAIZE Prayer this Sunday 16th May

Theme: Sr Irene's 30th Anniversary

Commencing: 7pm

Chapel doors open: 6:30pm

Peace Blessings

Sr Maree Riddler rsj

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Hi Everyone,

The term is full steam ahead and is flying past. I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers' Day. A huge thank you to our Year One Representatives and their team of helpers, they gave up their relaxing Mothers Day to go do the shopping and food preparation. Then a very early start on Monday morning which was a huge success and enjoyed by all. HUGE GRATITUDE AND THANKS.

GRATITUDE goes to everyone that supported the hot cross buns and movie fund-raiser. The money raised enabled the P&F to pay for the new cubby house at Kindy. Thank you.

Save the date for our Retro Bingo on the Saturday 7th August 2021. More details to follow but keep the dated locked into your calendar.

Save the date for the Fete on Sunday 21st November 2021. Any helpers are greatly welcomed.

Take care to all our community.


Lara Tulett

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

Round 8 saw some impressive tipping with half the competition score 8’s and 9’s! Nice work.

Current Leader Board

We have a stand-alone leader this week with Amelie D (Captain Shuey) leading the way on 39 points

The chasing pack on 38 points are

David B (Binns Clan)

Ben B (BenBristow18)

Todd D (Goal Sneak)

Round 8 Winner

The Hill Family (Scarlett H) with a perfect 9 and 46 point margin

Round 9 starts Friday night with Geelong Cats against the improving St Kilda.

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