St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 9 | 31 MARCH 2022

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Lenten Prayer

God of infinite love,

Thank you for your constant reminder of your love and your call that we be more patient, gentle and compassionate with others.

Here in the middle of Lent, we turn to you to ask for your help.

Please soften ours heart. Help us to let go of judging others.

We ask you this, in Jesus' name. Amen.

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


We are fast approaching the end of term and I just hope that as a school we can manage to remain relatively untouched by Covid. We should receive our air purifiers next week for the 3 classes that require them.


Please note, that if a year level has a positive case identified in the class, families are required to have their child tested within 24 hours and the result entered on the self reporting portal. If families choose upon notification to RAT test their child and return them straight back to class, the child will still be required to perform a second RAT test prior to entering the school grounds the next day. This is because the student will have gone back into class with children who have not been tested and may be positive.


The best option is to collect your child at the end of the school day when notified, test after school and if negative, the child comes to school the next day and hence they will only require the one RAT test.


There will be a number of changes next term to Covid protocols for St Columba’s please note:

  • Students who are close contacts other than direct household contacts will continue to attend school under Dept of Health quarantine rules
  • There will still be no whole school assemblies as only year level gatherings are allowed
  • Parents/Carers will be allowed back on school grounds at drop off and pick up time to collect students
  • Parents and Carers are not able to congregate on school grounds, must wear masks, must social distance and are not able to enter classrooms
  • The staggered drop off times will cease and Kiss and Drive will start at 8:30 to 8:50am in the mornings and at 3:05 to 3:30pm in the afternoons
  • Student interschool outdoors activities will take place
  • P&F meetings can be onsite face to face with limited numbers
  • School Advisory council meetings can occur onsite and face to face with social distancing
  • Families will still be required to self report in the self reporting portal.


This week have had only PPW report a Covid positive case.


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

Important dates

Wednesday, 6 April - Edu Dance Concert

Friday, 8 April - Term 1 Ends

Merit award winners

The next merit awards will be in Week 10.

Covid-19: When to send your child to school

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Commencing interviews for Kindy 2024 (new families)

We have commenced interviewing new families for Kindy 2024. If you know of families who may be interested in joining us, please encourage them to get in touch. Younger siblings of St Columba's students are not required to attend a Kindy interview, but must submit an Enrolment Application.
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Seeking a Canteen Manager and School Grounds Worker

Despite our efforts to recruit a new Canteen Manager to commence in Term 2, the position remains unfilled. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this role, please ask them to contact the office.


We are also seeking a School Grounds Worker to prepare the school each morning, from 7 am to 9 am. Again, we welcome your assistance in spreading the word.

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Edu-Dance student performances and costumes

The Edu-dance Concert will take place on Wednesday 6 April for all PP – Year 6 classes (Week 10). Parents are not able to attend this year so all class performances will be filmed and made available to parents.


Students are asked to bring the below Edu-dance costumes with them to school on Wednesday 6 April. Students will change into their costumes prior to their performance and then change back into their school uniform following the dance. Please ensure students wear their joggers/sports shoes, with hair to be tied up unless otherwise stated.

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Project Compassion 2022

Project Compassion has launched for 2022. The theme for this year is For Future Generations.


Donations can be made via the box the children have brought home, or click below to donate online.

St Columba's Church: Holy Week Schedule

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Canteen - no cash orders, even for small items

  • Orders must be placed by 9 am
  • All orders now online: Quickcliq https://quickcliq.com.au/
  • No Cash - icy poles, ice creams and small treats need to be ordered online.


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

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,


THANK YOU to those that purchased hot cross buns, we had a great response. I will be picking these up Monday for distribution to the classes (my car is going to smell amazing). Your children will be taking them home with them.


The P&F committee met on Tuesday night (virtually) for our second meeting for the year. We are very pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of all of you, the P&F has purchased new robotics equipment for the school. We will also be purchasing a new table tennis table, rackets and handballs for the children to utilise as well as upgrades to the year 5 seating arrangements to make them more modern, flexible and ergonomic. This is only the start of what the P&F makes possible, so watch this space to see what other exciting things are going on. Your class representatives will be providing more feedback on this.


We are about to launch a Mothers Day Raffle with a fantastic first prize. Only limited tickets will be made available, so you don’t want to miss out. More information will be coming out shortly.


I have attached a copy of the minutes from meeting 1 for those that are interested. Our next meeting will be held in May.

Thanks everyone, have a lovely rest of your week.


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

Pastoral Care Group

The St. Columba’s Pastoral Care Group has been running for over 6 years and aims to provide caring support within our school community. It provides confidential, appropriate and timely assistance for families in their time of need.


The Pastoral Care Group is able to provide:

1. Meal support to those in need. This will be achieved by providing fresh meals as required, made by volunteers within the school community.

2. Pick-ups/drop offs to and from school.

3. Canteen vouchers can be arranged to ease the burden of lunches, as well as frozen sandwiches, cakes and yoghurt.


This Christian example will allow our students to witness their parents serving and supporting others in our community.


The Pastoral Care Group has two points of contact:

1. School Office 6436 9500 admin@stcolumbassp.wa.edu.au

(Amy Venturini or Andrea Creek)

2. Jenny Collins (Year 4 parent) 0418 944 835 jennycollins3@gmail.com


Class Reps usually seek contact with the Pastoral Care Group when a need is identified.

A list is held of volunteers who are willing to assist with this confidential service.

When needed, volunteers are contacted by Jenny.


CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

If you would like to volunteer to cook a meal or two throughout the year please contact Jenny or the School Office.

Your assistance would be much appreciated!

Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,


What an awesome week for footy with WA’s Buddy Franklin kicking his 1000th goal! The less said the better for the fortunes of our WA teams and knowing there is some love for long suffering Blues supporters across the school what an exciting and promising start for the Blues in 2022!


Our 2022 Dads of St. Columba’s Footy Tipping Competition commences in earnest today with the Bulldogs taking on the Swans. The game starts at 4:20pm WA time so be sure to get your tips and margin in for the first game.


It’s not too late to enter, even if you miss a couple of games this round and then enter you will get the away teams as your tip so who knows you may just tip ok!

Entry is free and to enter go to https://tipping.afl.com.au/tipping/index.html#/comp/9128/about?code=5E53LT7L, complete your registration and you are set.


Happy tipping in 2022


Regards,

Todd Dawson

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.


Thank you everyone who ordered from Book Club this Term.

We received $428.93 worth of books for the Library!

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School Term Dates

Term 1: Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April 2022

Term 2: Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, 1 July 2022

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September 2022

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 26 April and Friday, 3 June 2022

Term 3: Monday, 18 July and Friday, 19 August 2022

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Confirmation: Saturday, 28 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 19 June at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am