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God our father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.


Psalm 103:13: "As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." Proverbs 22:6: "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." 2 Samuel 7:14-15: "I will be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me."

From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

There is much to celebrate in the area of learning this week with our first Tournament of Minds; the Science Week Periodic Table challenge; and one of our Year 2 students, Sophia, raising $571 for the MS Readathon - exceeding her target of 40 books.

Tournament of the Minds

Congratulations to our students and Mrs Kate Wilkes on a very successful Tournament of the Minds event over the weekend. They have dedicated a lot of time and energy to this process and the results are a credit to all. This is our first year participating in the program and the feedback from the judges was amazing … just imagine what it will look like in the future! This is yet another example of the wonderful opportunities that our dedicated staff give to our students. Well done everyone!

Father's Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day and we remember and honour dads, grandfathers, uncles, and all the men who tirelessly and selflessly give of themselves. On Father’s Day, we recall the exemplary role-model and patron saint of fathers, Saint Joseph who is the foster father of Jesus and husband of Our Lady. He was a man who loved and protected his family. Saint Joseph’s great dedication and commitment to those he loved, is a wonderful example for us all.

Enjoy the Father's Day Breakfast at 7.30 am tomorrow, put on the P&F and parents. We hope many of our dads will join us afterwards for the Liturgy at 9 am.

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Important dates

Friday, 3 September - Father's Day Breakfast at 7.30am and Liturgy 9.00am

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

Sunday, 5 September - Father's Day

Monday, 6 - 10 September - OT Screening - Kindy

Wednesday, 8 September - Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, 8 September - School Advisory Council Meeting at 7pm

Thursday 9 September - Year 6 Liturgy

Friday, 10 September - St Columba's Field Carnival Year 3-6

Tuesday, 14 September - Year 3 Liturgy

Wednesday, 15 September - Regional Spelling Bee - selected Year 4, 5 & 6

Thursday, 16 September - Open Night & Art Exhibition at 5.30-7pm

Friday, 17 September - Athletics Carnival PP-Year 6

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Kiss and Drive

Due to the Father's Day Breakfast, Kiss and Drive will be closed tomorrow morning.

Science Week - Periodic Table Challenge

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Periodic Table Challenge. Joshua from 5W was able to recite an incredible 103 of 118 elements - what an achievement!

The following students are also to be commended for their efforts:

  1. Joshua (5W) - 103 elements
  2. Aidan (4G) - 51 elements
  3. Rachel (4G) - 39 elements
  4. Giorgio (3W) - 36 elements
  5. Emma (4G) - 33 elements
  6. Sohfia (6W) - 33 elements
  7. Ava (4G) - 31 elements
  8. Caeli (4G) - 30 elements
  9. Emily (3W) - 30 elements
  10. Oliver (5G) - 30 elements
  11. Tiago (5G) - 30 elements
  12. Chloe (6W) - 26 elements
  13. Charlotte (4W) - 25 elements
  14. Annabella (4G) - 20 elements
  15. Toby (3G) - 15 elements
  16. Francesca (3G) - 14 elements
  17. Aiden (3G) - 10 elements
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Sophia reads for Multiple Sclerosis

Congratulations to Sophia on raising $571 for the MS Readathon - exceeding her target of 40 books. Sophia received a personal phone call from the MS Readathon team to thank her and advise she is now part of the Superhero team. This is a wonderful achievement - we are very proud of Sophia.
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Car park

There was an incident in car park this week where a parent's car has been damaged by another car. If you have any details please contact the office.

School Fees to be finalised by 30 September

Unless a previous arrangement has been made with the Principal, all school fees must be finalised by 30 September.

Student School Banking

Student School Banking will not operate tomorrow, due to the Father's Day Breakfast.

Library Roster - Week commencing 6 September

Monday - Sheridan Andrews

Wednesday - Mary Donovan

Canteen - Week commencing 8 September

Wednesday - seeking helpers

Thursday - Not open

Friday - seeking helpers

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.

Canteen - Open Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice

Canteen will be closed on Thursdays, until further notice. It will be operating as per usual on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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.

Mary MacKillop Centre Advertisement

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

I am inviting anyone who may have “a little time" to donate their services in assisting at the Mary MacKillop Centre. For those who are not aware we are over the road from the school (The beautiful Heritage Building built in 1908). The sisters of St Joseph took over the School in 1914. Since then we have served at the School for over 70 years and still have strong links with the school and are very proud of the teachers, students and parents.

There are various tasks that need some attention at the Centre and we would really appreciate your help. I can promise that you will never be bored while helping out at the MMC. The Centre is a place of Peace, Calm and uplifting Spirit.

May God be with you and all of your families.

Pick up the mobile and ring

Sr Maree 0414683926


Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Website

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P&F Tea Towel Frundraiser

P&F 2021 Tea Towel Fundraiser has been launched and is open for ordering now.

Pre-K through to Y6 have done their fabulous self-portraits.

Please order using the online link:

URL: 2021 St Columba's Catholic Primary School (South Perth) Tea Towel Fundraiser

Note: Enter your child’s class in the ordering screen. Eg. PPG / 3W / 5G etc.

For the first time, we are offering discounts on bulk purchases:

1 tea towel for $15 each

3 tea towels for $40 (10% discount)

4 or more tea towels $12.75 each (15% discount)

Tea towels will be delivered to the school in Week 2 of Term 4.

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Camp Out 2021

Hello St Columba’s School Community,

St. Columba’s School Camp Out 2021 is back! After a year hiatus due to COVID restrictions we are pleased to share with you the date to place hold in your diaries for Camp Out.

When: Overnight Saturday 16th October

The success of Camp Out, is the great planning, organisation and support from the school community volunteers to bring the Camp Out to life.

If you are able to contribute and volunteer to support Camp Out 2021, we are convening a meeting next Thursday 9 September, at The Como from 7:30pm.

Interested to contribute or curious to know more please connect with Neilsen De Souza (0417914446), Mel Naso (0419924216) or Todd Dawson (0447730656)

More information will be shared with you after next week’s planning meeting.


Todd, Neilsen and Mel

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Christmas Fair News


The fabulous news this week is that the City of South Perth has approved our request for financial support through their Community Funding Grants Program. I would like to extend my thanks to the City of South Perth for their support and also a massive thank you to Hayley Mitchell who has been responsible for all communications with the council.

REMINDERS: We Need Your Help!


If you are a keen gardener we would appreciate you potting up some plats for our garden stall. I will be putting in a request to Bunnings for potting mix. If you would like a bag to help with your Fair plant prep then let me know!


We are still collecting second hand books and toys. Take the opportunity to have a clear out and place them in your classroom collection bucket.


Please jump onto Facebook and Instagram - follow, like and share!! Help to spread the word!

St. Columba’s Christmas Fair | Facebook

St Columba’s P&F (@st._columbas_christmas_fair) • Instagram photos and videos

Enjoy your week

Brooke Pink

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Term 3 Calendar

P&F Meetings

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 4: Monday, 11 October