St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 5 | 18 AUGUST 2022

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


Our term is flying by very quickly. Many thanks to Mrs McDonald for her work in preparing our students participating in CEWA Performing Arts performances this term. These performances require a lot of preparation and hard work and practice.


A reminder to families that students should not be on the school grounds prior to 8:30 am. St Columba’s provides supervision only from 8:30 am until the bell goes at 8:45 am. On entering the school grounds during the day all visitors are required to sign in at the front office. If students are going to play on the playground equipment after school it is a requirement that a parent must be there to supervise; school staff do not supervise the play equipment after school. If students are unsupervised on the equipment they will be asked to leave the area.


Earlier this week I met with our Head Boy, Jack, and Head Girl, Amelie, regarding the results of the student council meeting. A number of items that were discussed will be actioned in the near future. Some of these are the P&F providing funds for Year 3-6 classroom mini libraries as more books were requested; also, the bottom oval will be sprayed again for ants; and a request from students to retain the seating at lunch times that was introduced as a part of Covid procedures. The students were also very happy with the modified footy goals and Jump Rope for Heart.


This week is Wellness Week and it was great to see parents at the coffee van this morning enjoying a chat. You can view some insightful wellness tips from our Head Girl, Head Boy and Liturgy Officer on Facebook. We end the week on a fun note by wearing Footy colours tomorrow.


We hope to see you at our Book Week Parade on Monday, 9 am on the top oval courts.


A reminder, students will finish this term on Wednesday September 21


God Bless and keep safe.


Allen McMahon

Principal

Merit Award Winners - Week 5

Year 1G - Presley, Albert

Year 1W - Matthew, Flynn

Year 2G - Eloise

Year 2W - Leonardo, Archie

Year 3G - Nathan

Year 3W - Genevieve, Jackson

Year 4G - Ari, Valentina

Year 4W - Francesca

Year 5G - Ciara

Year 5W - Xavier, Ghalib

Year 6G - William, Isobel

Year 6W - Joel

Merit Award Winners - Friday, 26 August

Year 1G - Blake

Year 1W - Shivam, Olivia

Year 2G - Phoebe, Lucas

Year 2W - Emma, Alexander

Year 3G - Zara O, Amaia

Year 3W - Grace, Sophia. P

Year 4G - Raphaella, Olivia

Year 4W - Mischa

Year 5G - Maria Alice, Jason

Year 5W - Annabelle. F

Year 6G - Alexa, George

Year 6W - Tatiana

Important dates

Friday, 19 August - Footy Colours Day and Assembly - 1G

Monday, 22 August - Book Week Assembly and Dress Up Parade

Friday, 26 August - Assembly 2G

Monday, 29 August - Spelling Bee Competition - Years 4-6

Tuesday, 30 August - Year 6 Prayer Service @ 9.00am

Wednesday, 31 August - ICAS Maths Test - Years 3-6

Wednesday, 31 August - Pre-Kindy and Kindy Father's Day

Thursday, 1 September - St Columba's Field Carnival - 9am - 1pm

Friday, 2 September - Father's Day Breakfast

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Bookweek Parade 2022

Calling all Book Characters! It’s time to dress to impress in your favourite book character costume for the annual Book Week Parade at St Columba’s.


The Book Week Parade will take place on Monday, 22 August at 9am, with all classes in PP-Year 6 coming out onto the outside courts to showcase their costumes.


Students are welcome to wear their Book Week costume for the remainder of the day or change back into their school uniform following the parade.


We look forward to a morning of fun and excitement. All parents are welcome.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Assumption took place on Monday, 15 August.


It is our faith that Mary, the Mother of our Lord, has been gifted by her Son with a share in His new state of life. He now nourishes her with his Resurrection life, and that means that her body and soul, her total humanity, is suffused with divine glory.


With Mary, the tradition inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us that at the end of her earthly life, she grace-fully made the transition from earthly to heavenly existence without the wrenching apart of body and soul, which we may expect.


That is what we mean by ‘The Assumption’. It has been believed and celebrated since the early centuries of the Church.

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National Science Week

Welcome to Science Week at St Columba’s!

The theme this year is ‘Glass: More Than Meets the Eye’. Did you know that glass is made up of silicon dioxide, which is the same as sand? It can also be recycled an infinite number of times. Each class will be completing one lesson or experiment with their teacher based on using or making glass. How fun!

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Students not returning in 2023 - complete the form (Pre-Kindy to Year 5)

To assist us with planning for next year, please complete the form below if your child is not returning to St Columba’s next year (if you haven’t already done so). Families are obliged to provide at least one term’s notice in writing of their intention to remove a child from the school, otherwise a full term’s fees may be charged.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,


The P&F have been really busy finalising tea towels, melamine plates and cards that count for the school. For those of you that have ordered cards that count, your children will be bringing home some information with their code and how to order this week. The link is open until 2nd September for ordering and will arrive at the school in November. Thank you to Lara for coordinating.


Please don’t forget to RSVP for the P&F Fathers Day event coordinated by our amazing PP reps. Kindy families, you will also be having a similar event, but will be held on Wednesday 31st August to make sure nobody misses out. PreK and Kindy, your teachers will send you all the information.


Tickets for the Night in White will be available soon. Entertainment has been booked (including a few surprises), you don’t want to miss out!


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th August. If you would like us to discuss anything in particular, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Thanks,


Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 2 September

Calling all Dads and Father Figures,


You are invited to the Father's Day Breakfast Event, run by our P & F Team, on Friday, 2 September from 7:30 - 9:00am in Kalyara Mia (Undercover Area).

This event is for dads and father figures who have children in Pre-Primary to Year 6. (Kindy and Pre-Kindy Dads will have a separate event. Class teachers will send communications regarding this.)

The P & F will provide a sausage sizzle breakfast and a selection of baked goods. #yesplease


Dads and their children are welcome to dress in "Superhero" attire for the event. Just for a bit of extra fun! (completely optional). Games will also be available for those who wish to participate.


We ask Dads (or mums on their behalf) to reply to our Expression of Interest form below to allow the P & F to ascertain numbers for catering purposes. We ask for this to be completed by COB Friday, 19 August.

Formal communications will follow from the school.

We are excited to be able to offer this community event for our dads and father figures.

Regards,

P & F Team

Kindy Father's Day Event - Wednesday 31 August

The Father's Day event for Kindy is on Wednesday, 31 August.

Parents and Carer's will receive information shortly.

Dads of St. Columba's Footy Tipping 2022

Hello St. Columba’s Families,


Wow what a finale for tipping this year! The Merenda Family (Lee M) has closed the gap on ladder leader Binns Clan (David B) to just 1 point as we enter the final round.


A super strong tipping round across the group. 4 tipsters achieved a perfect 9 out of 9 round but taking home the honours this round is The Mighty De’s (Neilsen or should I say Liam D!) with a margin of just 1 point.


Great tipping too The Merenda Family (Lee M) and Captain Shuey (Amelie D) with 3 point margin and JChamps (Jennie D) with 12 point margin.

15 other tipsters achieved 8 tips, incredible!


The all-important Overall Leader board:

1. Binns Clan – David B – 130 points

2. The Merenda Family – Lee M - 129 points

3. Freo Donovan – Pat D - 126 points

4. Kinnane Dockers – Tristan K - 126 points

5. Trish09 – Tricia A – 124 points

6. Scarymans - Mark S – 123 points

7. Captain Shuey – Amelie D – 122 points

8. Oggace – Brendon O – 120 points

9. JChamps – Jennie D - 119 points

10. BrenBristow18 – Ben B – 119 points


The final tipping round remains, Round 23 starts Friday night with Brisbane hosting Melbourne. The game starts 5:50pm WA time.


If interested in supporting our St Columba’s community in 2023 and coordinate the footy tipping, please let me know on 0447730656.


Happy tipping!


Regards,


Todd Dawson

CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning

Have your say on what matters regarding the wellbeing and learning of your child.


For example, has COVID or your partnership with the school affected your child’s wellbeing and learning?


If you are a parent or carer with a child in a Catholic school, CSPA would love to hear from you.


Click on the survey link and share your feedback to assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.


Your feedback will remain anonymous.


Click here for CSPA Parent Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022CSPAParentSurvey

Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

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VacSwim

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Bricks 4 Kidz - Term 3

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School Term Dates

Term 3: Tuesday, 19 July to Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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

Pupil Free Dates

Term 3: Thursday, 22 September and Friday, 23 September (Catholic Day)

Term 4: Monday, 10 October 2022

Sacrament Dates

Reconciliation: Saturday, 12 November at 10am