St. Columba's Primary School


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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right. If I surrender to His will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

As we get to the halfway point of Term 3, I would like to thank all the wonderful staff at St Columba’s for their dedication to our students and the whole school community. Without this commitment, the school would not run as smoothly as it does!

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 students who competed in the CAPSS MHL Carnival. The students represented the school in Modcrosse, Handball and League Tag. Yet again, our students should be commended on their sportsmanship and the way they represented St Columba’s. Well done and thank you to Mr Chatt, Mr Beins, Mrs Brine and Mrs Jas for assisting the students on the day.

This week I had the pleasure to watch our wonderful school choir perform in the Sacred Choral Choir section at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival at St Benedict’s Catholic Church. I was so proud of our students and they sang beautifully! Well done to Mrs Louise McDonald for guiding our students through this performance.

Book Week is my favourite time of the year! I love seeing all the students (and staff) dress up as book characters. The theme this year is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. The Book Week Assembly will be on Monday, August 23 at 9am. Due to our increasing number of students the Assembly, with the much-anticipated teacher item, and the parade will be held on the Tennis Courts. Please read the information further on in the newsletter from Mrs Brine.

National Science Week was celebrated this week with the theme ‘Food: Different by Design’. Due to other commitments this week, we postponed our Science Week activities until next week. I’m looking forward to sharing with you the amazing activities that are planned.

With the flu season in full swing, I would like to remind parents and caregivers that if your child is unwell, please consider the school community and keep them home until they are well enough to come back to school. Please email the school admin if your child will be away from school.

A reminder that school will be closed tomorrow, Friday August 20, as staff will be attending professional development off site.

Wishing everyone a lovely long weekend!

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Important dates

Friday, 20 August - Pupil Free Day - School closed

Monday, 23 August - Book Week Parade PP - Year 6

Monday, 23 August - South Perth Library Excursion - Year 6

Tuesday, 24 August - Science Week Activities

Wednesday, 25 August - Fremantle Prison & Literacy Centre Excursion - Year 5

Friday, 27 August - School Photos - Pre Kindy

Tuesday, 31 August - School Photos - Sibling, Pre Kindy, Kindy W, School Leaders and Choir

Tuesday, 31 August - P&F Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, 1 September - Performing Arts continues

Thursday, 2 September - School Photos - Kindy G, PPW and PPG

Thursday, 2 September - Kindy G Father's Day Morning at 9am

Friday, 3 September - Father's Day Liturgy and Breakfast

Friday, 3 September - Kindy W Father's Day Morning at 9am

Sunday, 5 September - Father's Day

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Book Week Assembly

Students may dress in the Book Week Theme - "Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds", or as a character from their favourite book.

Parents be advised the tennis court gate on York Street will open at 9am. Standing area will be sectioned off to provide parental viewing for the parade.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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School Photos

Friday, 27 August - Pre Kindy

Tuesday, 31 August - Siblings (8.15am Library)

Tuesday, 31 August - Pre Kindy, Kindy W, Year 1-6, School Leaders & Choir

Thursday, 2 September - Kindy G, PPW & PPG

All students are to wear their full school uniform.

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CAPSS Inter School MHL Carnival

On 17 August at Morris Buzacott Reserve selected Year 5 and all Year 6 students attended the CAPSS Inter School MHL Carnival. Students competed in either a Modcrosse, Handball or League Tag competition. All teams competed at a high level displaying wonderful enthusiasm and team spirit. Our students placed 2nd in Modcrosse, 3rd in League Tag and Handball, however that did not represent our students fantastic determination, consistent effort and encouragement towards others throughout the day. We are proud of our students' efforts, displaying their abilities over various types of sports and being wonderful representatives of their school.

Well done!

Leigh Chatt

Library Roster - Week commencing 23 August

Monday - Lara Tulett

Wednesday - Chia Sim

Canteen - Week commencing 25 August

Wednesday - seeking helpers

Thursday - seeking helpers

Friday - Zoe Spychalski

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately via email.

Canteen Term 3 Menu

A reminder that all orders for the canteen must be placed at the canteen or online ( before 9am each day.

It is possible to place orders up to 6 weeks in advance. This is a very useful tool in case time is limited in the morning, or, you forget.

We thank you for your cooperation.

When ordering "Family Meals" through Quickcliq, please place your order one week in advance!

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Hi Everyone,

The term is steaming along.

I'd like to say a very big thank you to all the people that came and helped me set up for Retro Bingo. It made it a lot easier, and for those who stayed behind and helped pack up too. The night was a huge success with everybody going to so much effort to dress up. I'd just like to mention the Bridal Party even had a real wedding cake, which I believe tasted delicious! We have some great photos from the night. It was a really fun night and I hope everybody enjoyed themselves. It was great to have the community together having fun. Many thanks to everyone who helped. Thanks also to the businesses who donated prizes for the night. Your generosity is always appreciated, and certainly added to the success of it all. Congrats go to all of the lucky winners!

We now have Cards That Count for purchase. Codes and instructions on how to order have been sent home. Orders close on 29th August. Don't miss out on your children's personally drawn cards that you can send to family and friends. From every pack purchased $5 is donated to the P&F, which goes towards being able to purchase equipment or resources for all our children.

The Christmas Fair is in full swing, keep looking out for what is needed eg. books, toys and potting up plants. A huge thank you to Brooke Pink for all the many many hours she is putting into this.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.


Lara Tulett

P&F President

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Cards that Count Fundraiser

Order forms have been sent home for Kindy - Year 6.

Christmas Fair News


I hope everyone has really enjoyed the beautiful weather we have been having. The mornings are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer and the cherry blossoms have started blooming..... And all of those wonderful things mean spring is almost here and our Fair is just around the corner!! This Sunday marks 13 weeks until the day!

I know that all classes are busy planning their stalls and I appreciate everyone's involvement. Along with the class stalls, I am going to need all hands on deck on the day for general fair logistics. So this weeks call out is for:


In the next couple of weeks I will be circulating an online sign up for volunteers. Please have a look and consider when and where you can help. The more helpers, the better the day will be for all.

Enjoy your midterm break

Brooke Pink

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

Here we are in the final round of our footy tipping competition for 2021. Thank you for the contribution made by tipsters. Your registration contributes to the amazing work being done by our P&F and a good bit of banter and fun has ensued over the competition by tipsters.

Round 22 Winner

Lilanui (Lily D) scoring 8 and a 21 point margin. A great run of tipping form sees Lilanui in equal 4th place.

Current Leader Board

113 points - David B (Binns Clan)

113 points - Todd D (Goal Sneak)

112 points - Ben B (BenBristow18)

108 points - Paul I (Iuliano Family)

108 points - Scarlett H (The Hill Family)

108 points - Andrew R (Roseby Family)

Round 23 starts Friday night with a top four clash between Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide.

Keep safe and well and all the best for final round tipping.

Todd Dawson

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Term 3 Calendar

P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 3: Friday, 20 August

Term 4: Monday, 11 October